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W.E.B. Du Bois
Classical Sociological Theory

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Exercise 1

Go to and click on Chapter 1 ("Of Our Spiritual Strivings") of The Souls of Black Folk. Read this chapter and then answer the following questions:

  1. How did Du Bois characterize the history of the "American Negro"?

  2. Compare Du Bois's and Marx's characterizations of history.

c. Find the passage where Du Bois discusses the concept of "double consciousness."
Give an example of what this concept means.

Exercise 2

Go to

This article, which was published in The Atlantic Monthly in 1965, is based on one of the last interviews Du Bois gave. After reading this article, answer the following questions:

  1. What country did Du Bois become a citizen of at the age of 94?

  2. What are Du Bois's views on Booker T. Washington?

c. Why did Du Bois shift the focus of his work from the rights of African Americans to securing world peace?