Black Reconstruction by Debois

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"BLACK RECONSTRUCTION" BY W.E.B DUBOIS The Book ‘Black Reconstruction’ was written by William Edward Burghardt DuBois and first published in New York: Harcourt, Brace in 1935,and later in New York : Atheneum ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, 1992 The Author W.E.B.DuBois was born on 23rd February, 1868 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, just five years after slavery was officially abolished in the United States. Great Barrington had at that time had only about 25-50 blacks among the 5000 or so population. Although there were little signs of overt racism, it’s venom was nevertheless present in the form of vindicative attitudes of it’s residents. This constant barrage of innuendos, combined with the discriminatory behavior caused the nature of young DeBois to change from good natured and outgoing to sullen and withdrawn, elements which haunted him all his life. DeBois died in August 27,1963, on the eve of the March On Washington, in Accra, Ghana. The Synopsis The ‘Black Reconstruction’ by DeBois is a book written on the subject of discrimination of the black society by the whites in the American society. The period of setting of this book is the immediate Continue...


Although the author, DeBois was born after about five years into this announcement, the effects, the venom, the prejudiced attitudes of the whites against the black citizens was very strong present and these coupled with his own upbringing into his hometown where no more 50 blacks resided, changed and brought out one of the greatest authors of Civil Rights movements. The book centers on the theme of black people who although had found freedom from slavery, but their actual beings were yet to freed as the new society of white supremacy now treated the blacks as inferior beings and normal acts performed by whites were considered a crime if performed by blacks. The concept was successfully portrayed and the author without question succeeded in relaying his message and there are no grounds left for the reader to be confused about. The big question thus is HOW to do it. decade preceding the abolition of slavery in 1868. Thus DeBois working and nurturing these thoughts implied the same in his book. 92) The object of writing this work was to present an equation: abolition of whiteness, white racism and liberation of humanity including liberation of black people. It is the reader, and then who judging by the lines of thoughts portrayed by DeBois writing should be able to deduce conclusively the underlying messages of awareness and liberty that DebBois wished to bring. Book's value for students of US history The writer would suggest the book be included in the general course of students of US history, the following points being evident proof of the reasons of the writer. These lines of thoughts and his emphasis on excellence made him one of the greatest scholars of his time. The similar approach has been adopted by DeBois as he states that the problem of the 20th century is the problem of color line was about white supremacy. As expressed by James Baldwin and other on a number of occasions, the 'Negro problem' is a white problem. Thus to really abolish whiteness, one will have to destroy the very realms of structure of racism itself and commit oneself to anti-racist, anti-sexist struggle. The plight of the black community in the face of white racism and discrimination formed the ground work for DeBois's works, and democracy as he states lied in the essence of listening to the opinion of the other person and the honest and intelligent vote which preceded.