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W. E. B. Du Bois letter to W. B. Bailey

W. E. B. Du Bois letter to W. B. Bailey

Descriptive Summary

Title: W. E. B. Du Bois letter to W. B. Bailey
Creator: Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963
Inclusive Dates: 1907 May 17
Language(s): English
Extent: 1 folder(s) 1 letter
Collection Number: ms4323
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

William Edward Burghardt Du Bois was born in Massachusetts in 1868, the year Congress guaranteed male black suffrage. Du Bois was graduated from Fisk University and Harvard University and studied two years at the University of Berlin. He was the first African-American to receive the degree of doctor of philosophy from Harvard.

Du Bois founded the Niagara Movement -- a group of African-American leaders committed to an active struggle for racial equality. Du Bois was a founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and edited its journal, Crisis, for many years.

A brilliant writer and speaker, Du Bois was the outstanding African-American intellectual of his time. His The Philadelphia Negro (1899) was the first sociological study of African-Americans. In The Souls of Black Folk (1903), Du Bois took a forceful stand against Booker T. Washington's policy of accommodation, calling instead for "ceaseless agitation and insistent demand for equality," and the "use of force of every sort: moral suasion, propaganda, and where possible even physical resistance." -- Library of Congress American Memory Project, (Retrieved January 2, 2014).

The Russell Sage Foundation was established in 1907 to support research for the improvement of social and living conditions in the United States.

Scope and Content

This collection contains a letter on Atlanta University stationary from W. E. B. Du Bois to Professor W. B. Bailey of Yale University asking for a letter supporting the research that Du Bois is doing in order to provide validation when applying for a funding grant from the Russell Sage Foundation.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

W. E. B. Du Bois letter to W. B. Bailey, ms4323, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

African American universities and colleges -- Georgia.
African Americans -- Civil rights.
African Americans -- Correspondence.
Atlanta University
Racism -- United States.
Research grants.
Russell Sage Foundation

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Letter, 1907 May 17