W. E. B. Du Bois
Revolutionary Across the Color Line
Distributed for Pluto Press
This book offers an accessible brief introduction to the life and times of Du Bois. It takes in his many achievements, such as being the first black man to earn a PhD from Harvard and co-founding the NAACP, and sets them alongside the seismic political changes of the twentieth century—many of which Du Bois weighed in on, including anti-imperialist and anti-colonial struggles across Asia and Africa. Bill V. Mullen reveals a Du Bois who was focused not just on the immediate question of African American rights, but also took up the question of socialism, the rise of communism, and the complicated interrelationship of capitalism, poverty, and racism.
The picture that emerges here is of a powerfully original thinker, fiercely engaged with the political, economic, and social questions of his day never letting up in his struggle to change the world for the better.
Revolutionary Lives Matter: Reclaiming W.E.B. Du Bois For Our Time
Part I: Racial Uplift and the Reform Era
1. Childhood, Youth and Education in an Age of Reform
2. Becoming a Scholar and Activist
3. Socialism, Activism and World War I
Part II: From Moscow to Manchester: 1917-1945
4. Du Bois and the Russian Revolution
5. The Depression, Black Reconstruction, and Du Bois’s Asia Turn
6. Pan-Africanism or Communism?
Part III: Revolution and the Cold War 1945-1963
7. Wrestling with the Cold War, Stalinism, and the Blacklist
8. The East is Red: Supporting Revolutions in Asia
9. Final Years, Exile, Death and Legacy