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The Early Histories of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Part IV: W. E. B. Du Bois, Booker T. Washington, and the Great Debate
W. E. B. Du Bois was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts in 1868. He died ninety-five years later in Accra, Ghana in 1963. During his long life he rose rapidly to become and remain a powerful voice on the issue of race in America and beyond. His parents were mixed-race free Blacks living in a somewhat tolerant community. His father abandoned the family when he was young. His mother returned to her parent’s house, took work, and reared her son...
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