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W.E.B. DuBois [1918] (Public Domain Image)

The Negro

by W.E.B. Du Bois


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This is a pioneering work on African-American history by the noted activist and scholar, W.E.B. Du Bois. Born in 1868, three years after the end of the Civil War, Du Bois lived until 1963, one year before the March on Washington. He was a founder of the NAACP, and worked his entire life to lift what he called "the Veil", or segregation.

While some minor items in this book have been disproven, the vast majority of it still stands as one of the best books ever written on the subject, and an ideal supplement for any curriculum in world history. Du Bois covers a vast swath of African history, including the indigenous high sub-Saharan civilizations such as Zimbabwe, Ghana, and Songhai, the disasterous impact of centuries of the slave trade, and an overveiw of Black history in the Caribbean and the United States.

Title Page
I. Africa
II. The Coming of Black Men
III. Ethiopia and Egypt
IV. The Niger and Islam
V. Guinea and Congo
VI. The Great Lakes and Zymbabwe
VII. The War of Races at Land's End
VIII. African Culture
IX. The Trade in Men
X. The West Indies and Latin America
XI. The Negro in the United States
XII. The Negro Problems
Suggestions For Further Reading