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Volume 3, Number 1
Spring 2005

Suggested Further Readings by 
W.E.B. Du Bois, 1898-1910,
With Annotations

Compiled by 
Anna M. Owens 
North Carolina Central University

    This chronological list of William Edward Burghardt Du Bois’ work was compiled from current holdings at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University. 

    This list of works shows that Du Bois is a much forgotten sociologist.  It proves that while he was at Atlanta University coordinating the Sociological Laboratory he was hard at work publishing soon to be forgotten articles, many focusing on data obtained from, arguably, the first American school of sociology. 

“The Study of the Negro Problems” Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science January 1898 Vol. XI pp. 1-23.

“The Negro and Crime” Independent, May 18, 1899 Vol. LI pp. 1355-1357.  (Du Bois focuses on a topic of the Atlanta University Studies with this article about crime.  “The sooner such conferences can take place all over the south the sooner lynch-law will disappear and crime be abated.”)

“Two Negro Conventions” Independent September 7, 1899 Vol. LI pp. 2425-2427.

“The Suffrage Fight in Georgia” Independent November 30, 1899 Vol. LI pp. 3226-3228.

“The Storm and Stress in the Black World” Dial (Chicago) April 16, 1901 Vol. XXX pp. 262-264.

“The Relation of the Negroes to the Whites in the South” Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science July 1901, Vol. XVIII pp. 121-140.

“The Evolution of Negro Leadership” Dial July 1, 1901 Vol. XXXI pp. 53-55. (The tensions between Du Bois and Booker Washington grew stronger after Du Bois discusses his feelings about Mr. Washington in this article.   “Such is the complicate world of thought and action in which Mr. Booker Washington has been called of God and man to lead, and in which he has gained so rare a meed of success.")

“The Burden of Negro Schooling” Independent July 1901 Vol. LII pp. 1667-1668.  (At the Sixth Annual Negro Conference in Atlanta the topic was the Negro Common School and here Du Bois pronounces his recommendation for improvement.  “People in this land continually forget that not one Negro child  in three is today attending school, and not one in ten is getting an eight month training during he year.  The white south is straining itself in many ways to aid education.  The Negro is doing all he can to educate himself.  The efforts of both are not adequate to the take.  There is but one remedy: Government aid to southern education.”)

Study “The Problem of Housing the Negro” Southern Workman:

  •  “The Element of the Problem” June 1901 Vol. XXX pp. 390-395.
  • “The Homes of the Slaves” September 1901 Vol. XXX pp. 486-495.
  • “The Home of the Country Freeman” October 1901 Vol. XXX pp. 535-542.
  • “The Home of the Village Negro” November 1901 Vol. XXX pp 601-604. 
  • “The Southern City Negro of the Lover Class” December 1901 Vol. XXX pp. 688-693.
  • “The Southern City Negro of the Better Class” February 1902 Vol. XXX pp. 65-672.
“The Saving of Black Georgia” Outlook (New York) September 14, 1901 Vol. LXIX pp. 128-130.

“The Trust of Girard College” Nation March 20, 1902 Vol. LXXIV p. 226.

“Crime and Out Colored Population” Nation December 25, 1902 Vol. LXXV p. 499.

“The Laboratory in Sociology at Atlanta University” Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science May 1903 Vol. XXI pp. 160-163. (This article gives a quick glimpse at the work done at the Sociological Laboratory at Atlanta University in the early 1900s.  For those who have not encountered Du Bois and his students work this is a quick reference.) 

“The Atlanta University Conferences” Charities (New York) May 2, 1903 Vol. X pp. 435-439.

“The Training of Negroes for Social Power” Outlook (New York) October 17, 1903 Vol. LXXV pp. 409-414.

“The Atlanta Conferences” Voice of the Negro (Atlanta) March 1904 Vol. I pp. 85-90.

“The Development of People” International Journal of Ethnics (Philadelphia) April 1904 Vol. XIV pp. 292-311.

“Credo” Independent October 1904 Vol. LVII p.787.

“The Beginning of Slavery” Voice of the Negro February 1905 Vol. II pp. 104-106.

“Slavery in Greece and Rome” Voice of the Negro May 1905 Vol. II pp. 320-323.

“The Beginning of Emancipation” Voice of the Negro June 1095 Vol. II pp. 397-400.

“Serfdom” Voice of the Negro July 1905 Vol. II pp. 479-481.

“The Southerners Problem” Dial May 1, 1905 Vol. XXXVIII pp. 315-318.

“Vardaman” Voices of the Negro March 1906 Vol. III pp. 189-194. 
(Du Bois cites his own data from the Atlanta University Sociological data to counter six  stereotypes of Negroes.  “The Negro is dying out, The Negro will not save, The Negro cannot be educated, The Negro is not an effective worker, Crime is increasing among Negroes, and Education is the cause of Negro crime.”) 

“St. Francis of Assisi” Voices of the Negro October 1906 Vol. III pp. 419-426. (Du Bois addresses the graduating class of a colored high school in Washington, D.C.) 

“A Litany of Atlanta” Independent October 11, 1906 Vol. LXI pp. 856-858.

“The President and the Soldiers” Voices of the Negro December 1906 Vol. III pp. 552-553.

“A Litany of Atlanta” Independent October 11, 1906 Vol. LXI pp. 856-858.

“The President and the Soldiers” Voices of the Negro December 1906 Vol. III pp. 552-553.

“The Value of Agitation” Voices of the Negro March 1907 Vol. IV pp. 109-110.

“Sociology and Industry in Southern Education” Voices of the Negro May 1907 Vol. IV pp. 170-175.

“Abraham Lincoln” Voices of the Negro June 1907 Vol. IV pp. 242-247.

“The Soul of White Folks”  Independent August 8, 1910 Vol. LXIX  pp. 339-342. (“I hear his mighty cry reverberating thru the world, ‘I am white!’  Well and good, O Prometheus divine thief!  The world is wide enough for two colors, two little shining of the sun; why then devour your own vitals when I answer, 'I am black!' ")

“Marrying Black Folk” Independent October 13, 1910 Vol. LXIX pp. 812-813. (Du Bois list fourteen “marriage credos’ announcing his beliefs on black marriages.  “I believe that a grown man of sound body and mind has a right to marry any sane, healthy woman of marriageable age who wishes to marry him. “I believe that the mingling of blood between white and black and yellow races is neither ‘unnatural’ nor physically deleterious.  Mulattos, Eurasians and the like have been insulted and hated and loaded with obloquy for obvious reasons, but there is no adequate proof of their necessary physical degeneracy, nor has the will of God in the matter of race purity been revealed to persons whose credibility and scientific poise command general respect.”)

Related Websites

Works by W.E.B. Du Bois. 
An online listing of many difficult to locate works of Du Bois.  Includes complete texts of several books.

Documenting the American South. 
Electronic resource that contains many of the Atlanta University publications. 

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