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While studying the writings of Eric Foner the author of American Freedom and one of his many quoted sources Nancy Cott author of The Grounding of Modern Feminism readers are led to believe WEB Dubois was an advocate supporter of the abolishment of womens suffrage Cott believes Dubois advised Black women to rally along-side White women for the right to vote and equality amongst genders While attempting to research Cotts source the Crises Magazine I was unable to find supporting material in my limited amount of time But neither Mrs Cotts sincerity nor her sources do I question I do believe Dubois advised Black women to support the womens movement However Both Foner and Cott eliminates Dubois main ambition and sole adherence to advising the support of African American women - Dubois believes their support will create a strong foundation to emancipate blacks in their struggle for freedom justice and equality as reflected in the following quote The White people of Philadelphia are perfectly conscious that their Negro citizens are not treated fairly in all respectsSocial reforms move slowly and yet when Right is reinforced by calm but persistent Progress we somehow all feel that in the end it must triumph J Allen 2 In two of WE B Dubois books The Philadelphia Negro and The Soul of Black Folks after a brief read through no mention of the betterment of women neither White nor Black is mentioned The Negro would have to accept white leadership and that such leadership could not always be trusted to guide this group into self-realization and to its highest cultural possibilities states Dubois in the Niagra Movement Historian William Toll author of The Resurgence of Race Black Social Theory from Reconstruction to Pan-African Conferences believes Dubois called for black writers to reevaluate their relationship with white political parties because the Wilson Administration was under cutting Black Republicans and created policies which humiliated its supporters among Black Democrats
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