SOURCE: The New Republic
Black Historians Know There Has Never Been Objectivity in Writing the Past
by Keisha N. Blain
"Black historians have long recognized the role of the present in shaping our narratives of the past. We have never had the luxury of writing about the past as though it were divorced from present concerns."
The Promise and Peril of the "Third Reconstruction"
by Peniel E. Joseph
At a time when the nation is balanced precariously between advocates for multiracial democracy and white nationalists, it is important to understand the history and the incompleteness of the expansion of freedom and democracy during Reconstruction.
SOURCE: Foreign Affairs
W.E.B. DuBois's Insight on Race and the Global American Century
by Zachariah Mampilly
Both racism and anticommunism helped to minimize the impact of DuBois's thought on international relations, contributing to significant blind spots in the liberal international order.
SOURCE: The Nation
W.E.B. DuBois's Abolition Democracy
by Gerald Horne
DuBois understood the impossibility of separating a historical analysis of Reconstruction from the political context of Jim Crow racial totalitarianism and exploitative capitalism.
SOURCE: Black Perspectives
The Intellectual History of the Black "New South"
by Robert Greene II
A new generation of African American thinkers is examining whether the South is the place where Black advancement can best be achieved. Intellectual history warns that myths of a "New South" have come and gone before, undermined by their inattention to power.
SOURCE: Washington Post
Nine Decades Later, Critics of DuBois's "Black Reconstruction" Rehash Old Claims
by Martha S. Jones
For a new wave of critics, it's 1935 all over again, proving the ongoing vitality of DuBois's pioneering work.
SOURCE: Made By History at the Washington Post
Are We Witnessing a General Strike Today?
by Nelson Lichtenstein
DuBois's insight that enslaved people abandoning plantations during the Civil War was a form of general strike helps us understand the seemingly unorganized trend of workers quitting their jobs today as a meaningful labor action that points in the direction of economic freedom.
SOURCE: The Conversation
As a Black Man and Patriot, Colin Powell Embodied the "Two-ness" of African American Experience
by Chad Williams
"In America, being Black and a patriot is – as DuBois hinted at more an a century ago, and as Powell’s life attests to – a very complicated, even painful, affair."
Young Du Bois in Germany: On the “Great Socialistic State of the Day"
by Helmut Smith
As graduate student visiting imperial Germany in 1892, W.E.B. Du Bois was shaped by observations of social welfare policy and experiences of social acceptance that contrasted dramatically with Gilded Age and Jim Crow America.
Cold War China in the Black Radical Imagination: An Interview With Robeson Taj Frazier
by Aaron Leonard
When DuBois visited China and other forgotten history from the Cold War.
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