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Autobiography of W. E. B. Du Bois: Great Barrington Edition

Autobiography of W. E. B. Du Bois: Great Barrington Edition

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This new illustrated edition of The Autobiography of W. E. B. Du Bois is the first to be arranged in accordance with the great Black activist’s own notes. It is refreshingly personal and timely. Read about Karen Christensen’s discovery of the original manuscript: “A Du Bois Discovery.”

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This illustrated edition of The Autobiography of W. E. B. Du Bois is the first to be arranged and dedicated in accordance with Du Bois’s manuscript notes. Previous versions were altered by an editor after Du Bois’s death to focus on Communism. The Berkshire edition opens, as Du Bois intended, with these words: “I was born by a golden river and in the shadow of two great hills, five years after the Emancipation Proclamation which began the freeing of American Negro Slaves.”  Du Bois was born in the town where Berkshire Publishing Group is located. His autobiography tells the story of a little boy, the only Black boy in his school, who became the first African American PhD at Harvard, an educator, editor, and activist, and a writer of expressive, lyrical, and accessible prose. While the Communism he praised did not turn out to offer the utopia so many hoped for, the problems he identified are still with us. His reasoning will resonant with modern readers who share his frustration with the continued inequities in our society. Read about Karen Christensen’s discovery of the original manuscript: “A Du Bois Discovery.”

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