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W. E. B. Du Bois: A Resource Guide

William Edward Burghardt Du Bois was a civil rights activist, sociologist, historian, and poet. This guide provides access to digital materials related to Du Bois from the Library of Congress, links to external websites, and a selected print bibliography.


William Edward Burghardt Du Bois was an Afro-American historian, sociologist, crusading editor, political activist, and writer. In 1905, Du Bois was a founder and general secretary of the Niagara Movement, an African American protest group of scholars and professionals. He founded and edited, The Moon Illustrated Weekly, the first illustrated weekly produced for African Americans and the journal, Horizon for the Niagara Movement.

In 1909, Du Bois was among the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and from 1910 to 1934 served it as director of publicity and research, a member of the board of directors, and founder and editor of The Crisis, its monthly magazine. By the time he died, in 1963, he had written 17 books, edited four journals and played a key role in reshaping black-white relations in America. This guide provides access to selected Library of Congress digital and print resources as well as links to external websites on W. E. B. Du Bois.