W.E.B. Du Bois’ Thoughts Revealed

W.E.B. Du Bois’ thoughts are revealed in this book? The answers will surprise you.

In the introduction to “This Bridge Called My Back: A Black History Reader,” Du Bois explains that it is important to explore the contributions of African Americans, Native Americans, and Europeans. He also explains that the contributions of African Americans have been overlooked for years. Here’s hoping that a good portion of that’s addressed in this book.

The book starts out with a great deal of trivia about Black history. I found that I was drawn in by Du Bois’ personal account of his trip to Africa, but I really enjoyed all the rest of the chapters in the book.

I particularly enjoyed the section on William Randolph Hearst, an early Black newspaper publisher who was considered the leading figure in the Black press. Du Bois discusses how Hearst invested heavily in Black newspapers throughout the United States. He describes the tension created between the Black journalists and Hearst, who believed that the Black community had become “too Americanized.”

Du Bois’ background was in journalism, and he mentions several Black journalists such as Elizabeth Rhodes, Sid Love, and Gerald Roben. He also discusses the growing influence of the African-American press on American society. He comments on the seemingly endless stream of debates in American society between Black and White Americans over issues like slavery and segregation. The inclusion of African Americans in most of the debates seems appropriate.

The section on Black history also includes a short story by Ken Burns about the life of Emmett Till. I especially liked the chapter on the Civil Rights Movement, including what many consider to be the last civil rights march, the March on Washington.

Du Bois addresses the South as being a part of America at a time when the rest of the country was rejecting “white civilization.” In his opinion, Southern Blacks and Northern Whites were the two groups that resisted that integrationist movement. I agree with him that the era was confusing. However, I do not agree with his analysis that the southern people were anti-civilization or anti-American.

I’m not surprised by Du Bois’ comments about the integration of Northern Blacks and white America. I was under the impression that the integrationist movement actually brought Americans together rather than separate them.

The other chapters on the movement in America include an interesting discussion of the Black community’s reaction to the election of George Wallace to the Alabama Governor’s office. It is interesting to see the disparity between the response of the Northern and Southern Black communities. I do think that blacks were somewhat surprised that Wallace actually became the Governor of Alabama. However, it is clear that the support for Wallace in the Black community was far greater than the support for Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton.

Throughout the book, Du Bois discusses African-Americans and the Democratic Party. I thought that this part of the book was interesting because in general I feel that blacks are less likely to vote for Democratic politicians than are whites.

If you’ve read any of W.E.B. Du Bois’ previous works, you know that he was a fierce critic of American slavery. In this book, Du Bois is very critical of slavery and the circumstances that led to its existence. Still, I would not be surprised if some of these criticisms make their way into future works.