My own interest in Du Bois’s work relates to his depictions of higher education.Du Bois is an underappreciated innovator in the academic novel—a genre defined by its fictional depictions of students, professors and university life.
My own interest in Du Bois’s work relates to his depictions of higher education.
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As a member, you'll also get unlimited access to over 79,000 lessons in math, English, science, history, and more. White philanthropists debating the best way to educate and empower African Americans had first suggested the idea of a talented tenth.
However, some Northern white leaders who disapproved of the Atlanta Compromise thought that there was at least a small group of blacks that were intellectually exceptional and, if they received the proper education, could become leaders of the African American community.
It was out of this idea that the concept of the talented tenth was born, arguing that approximately one in ten African Americans did have this capacity for classical education and leadership.
Third, he argues that it's only through a combination of education and work that the black community will be lifted up.
Speaking to his white audience, he says that lifting up the black race is important to them as well: 'Men of America, the problem is plain before you.
From his first fictional experiments, including the serialized story “Tom Brown at Fisk” (1888), to his first two novels, (1928), to his critical analysis in essays such as “Criteria of Negro Art” (1926), Du Bois saw literature as a battleground for representation, and devoted his own creative efforts toward increasing representations of Black higher education in literature and popular culture.
Scholars have written about (1961)—as an historical novel.
Nine African American women seated on the steps of a building at Atlanta University.
Part of Du Bois’s presentation at the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1900. Askew, Library of Congress) anniversary of his birth offers another opportunity to reflect upon his life and legacy.