Du Bois Chronology

Du Bois Chronology


ChickenBones: A Journal

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A W.E.B Du Bois Chronology 

His Life and Major Works 

Compiled by Rudolph Lewis


Books by and about W.E.B. Du Bois


The Suppression of the African Slave Trade  (1896)  / The Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study (1899)  / The Souls of Black Folk: Essays and Sketches  (1903)


 John Brown (1909)  / The Quest of the Silver Fleece (1911)  /  Darkwater: Voices Within the Veil (1920)  Gift of Black Folk: The Negroes in the


 Making of America (1924)  / Dark Princess: A Romance (1928)  / Black Reconstruction in America (1935) / Black Folk, Then and Now (1939)


Color and Democracy: Colonies and Peace (1945)  / The World and Africa: An Inquiry (1947)  / In Battle for Peace (1952)


A Trilogy: The Ordeal of Monsart (1957) Monsart Builds a School (1959) Worlds of Color (1961) / An ABC of Color: Selections (1963)


Dusk of Dawn: An Essay Toward an Autobiography of a Race Concept

The Autobiography of W.E.B. Du Bois: A Soliloquy on Viewing My Life from the Last Decade of Its First Century (1968)

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Shirley Graham Du Bois, His Day Is Marching On: A Memoir of W.E. B. Du Bois (1971)


Leslie Alexander Lacy. The Life of W.E.B. Du Bois: Cheer the Lonesome Traveler (1970)


Du Bois on Reform: Periodical-based Leadership for African Americans  (Brian Johnson, 2005)

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W.E.B Du Bois Chronology & Writings


1868 Born 23 February in William Edward Burghardt Du Bois to Mary and Alfred Du Bois in Great Barrington, Massachusetts 1884 Graduated as Valedictorian from Great Barrington High School 1885-88 Attends Fisk University; graduates as valedictorian (B.A.) 1888 Enters Harvard as a junior 1890 Graduated cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree from Harvard College 1891 Received a master of arts degree from Harvard University 1892 Began two year study at Freidrich Wilhelm University in Berlin, Germany (1892-1894) 1894 Joined the faculty at Wilberforce University 1896 Awarded the Ph.D. by Harvard, his doctoral dissertation (The Suppression of the African Slave Trade  to the United States of America, 1638-1870) being published   as Volume 1 in “Harvard Historical Sketches.” 1894-96 Professor of Greek and Latin, Wilberforce College, Ohio; marries Nina Gomer, a  Wilberforce student, 1896 to Nina Gomer (d. 1950) 1896-97 Assistant Instructor in Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, conducting research for The Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study (1899). 1897-1910 Professor of Economics and History, Atlanta University; organizer of the Atlanta University Conference’s “Studies of the Negro Problem” and editor of  the  Conference’s annual Publications. 1899  DuBois’s son, Burghardt, died 1900 Attended the first Pan-African Congress; his daughter, Yolande, born 1903 Publishes The Souls of Black Folk: Essays and Sketches 1905-09 Becomes a founder and the General Secretary of the Niagara Movement. 1906 Founds and edits The Moon Illustrated Weekly. 1907-10 Founds and edits The Horizon: A Journal of the Color Line. 1909  Publishes John Brown. 1910 Among the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, serving (1910-34) as the NAACP’s Director of Publicity and Research and as editor of The Crisis: A Record of the Darker Races 1911 Publishes The Quest of the Silver Fleece (a novel) 1915 Publishes The Negro. 1919 Chief Organizer of the Pan-African Congress (also organizing and attending meetings of the Congress in 1921, 1923, and 1927). 1920 Awarded the NAACP’s Spingarn Medal; publishes Darkwater: Voices Within the Veil. 1920-21 Founds and edits The Brownies’ Book, a magazine for children. 1923-24 Makes first trip to Africa. 1924 Publishes the Gift of Black Folk: The Negroes in the Making of America. 1928  Publishes Dark Princess: A Romance (a novel). 1934 Resigns from the editorship of The Crisis and from the Board of the NAACP, returning to Atlanta University as Chairman of the Department of Sociology  (1934-44). 1935 Publishes Black Reconstruction in America: An Essay Toward a History of the Part Which Black Folk Played in the Attempt to Reconstruct Democracy in America, 1860-1888 1939  Publishes Black Folk, Then and Now: An Essay in the History and Sociology of the Negro Race. 1940 Founds and edits (to 1944) Phylon. 1944 Returns to NAACP (until 1948) as Director of Special Research. 1945 Publishes Encyclopedia of the Negro Preparatory Volume. 1945 Publishes Color and Democracy: Colonies and Peace. 1947 Editor of the NAACP’s An Appeal to the World . . ., for presentation to the United Nations.   1947  Published The World and Africa: An Inquiry into the Part Which Africa Has Played in World History 1948 Resigned from the NAACP post; becomes chairman of the Council on African Affairs 1950 Chairman, Peace Information Center; American Labor Party candidate for U.S. Senate from New York; wife, Nina Gomer Du Bois dies. Campaigns for the U.S. Senate 1951 Federal indictment, trial, and acquittal on charges of being an “unregistered foreign agent.”  later acquitted 1952 Marries writer Shirley Graham. 1952 Publishes In Battle for Peace: The Story of My 83rd Birthday. 1957-1961 Publishes The Black Flame—A Trilogy: The Ordeal of Monsart (1957) Monsart Builds a School (1959)  and Worlds of Color (1961). 1958-59 Extensive travels to “Iron Curtain” countries. 1960 Du Bois’s daughter, Yolande, died 1961 Joins the Communist Party of the United States; at the invitation of President Kwame Nkrumah, becomes a resident of Ghana and Director of the Encyclopedia Africana. 1963 Publishes An ABC of Color: Selections from Over a Half Century of the Writings of W.E.B. DuBois 1963 Becomes a citizen of Ghana, dying in Accra on August 27, 1963. 1968 The Autobiography of W.E.B. Du Bois: A Soliloquy on Viewing My Life from the Last Decade of Its First Century is published posthumously  

Other Writings


The Conservation of Races (Washington, D.C.: American Negro Academy, 1897).

Africa: Its Geography, People and Products (Girard, Kansas: Haldeman-Julius, 1930).

Africa: Its Place in Modern History (Girard, Kansas: Haldeman-Julius, 1930).

Dusk of Dawn: An Essay Toward an Autobiography of a Race Concept (New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1940)

W.E.B. Du Bois Speaks: Speeches and Addresses, edited by Philip S. Foner (New York: Pathfinder Press, 1970).

W.E.B. Du Bois: The Crisis Writing, editing by Daniel Walden (Greenwich, Conn.: Fawcett, 1972).

The Emerging Thought of W.E.B. Du Bois: Essays and Editorials From “The Crisis,” edited by Henry Lee Moon (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1972)

The Education of Black People: Ten Critiques, 1906-1960, edited by Herbert Aptheker (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1973.

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The White Masters of the World

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