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Theoretical Analysis Paper The Life and Studies of WEB Du Bois Phillip Stayton Social Theory Prof Wilcox 11132000 William Edward Burghardt Du Bois entered the world on February 23 1868 This was less than three years after slavery was outlawed However his family had been out of slavery for several generations He was born in Great Barrington Massachusetts a small village with only a handful of black families His teachers quickly made him a favorite and most of his playmates were white At the age of fifteen he became a local correspondent for the New York Globe Du Bois moved to Nashville Tennessee where he received a scholarship and attended Fisk University This was the first time that he discovered that being black was a big part of his identity He spent his summers in Tennessee teaching in rural schools It was there that he met the real seat of slavery He had never seen such poverty in his entire life I touched intimately the lives of the commonest of mankind--people who ranged from barefooted dwellers on dirt floors with patched rags for clothes to rough har d-working farmers with plain clean plenty Hamilton Her Stories Unlike Massachusetts Nashville was a southern town that exposed Du Bois to the everyday bigotry he had escaped growing up While he was there he came in contact with some people that did not think of him as a normal human being There is a story of one woman that called him a nigger after she accidentally bumped into her By the end of his college years Du Bois had begun to take pride in his heritage Du Bois graduated from Fisk and entered Harvard where he received
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