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Brief author info: W. E. B. Du Bois (1868-1963) American writer and educator (William Edward Burghardt Du Bois) Born in Massachusetts; received doctorate from Harvard; became professor of economics and history at Atlanta University (1897-1910); cofounder of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (1909); editor of NAACP magazine, Crisis (1910-34). Known for numerous works, many centering on issues of slavery, civil rights, and problems facing African Americans; most famous include The Souls of Black Folk, The Gift of Black Folk, Color and Democracy, lectured extensively In later years, advocated radical black movement; joined the Communist party (1961); moved to Ghana and became naturalized citizen shortly before his death.
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The chief problem in any community cursed with crime is not the punishment of the criminals, but the preventing of the young from being trained to crime.
There is in this world no such force as the force of a man determined to rise. The human soul cannot be permanently chained.
Oppression costs the oppressor too much if the oppressed stands up and protests. The protest need not be merely physical-the throwing of stones and bullets-if it is mental, spiritual; if it expresses itself in silent, persistent dissatisfaction, the cost to the oppressor is terrific.
The problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color-line.
There can be no perfect democracy curtailed by color, race, or poverty. But with all we accomplish all, even peace.
Little of beauty has America given the world save the rude grandeur God himself stamped on her bosom; the human spirit in this new world has expressed itself in vigor and ingenuity rather than in beauty.
Race prejudice decreases values both real estate and human; crime, ignorance and filth decrease values.
Herein lies the tragedy of the age: not that men are poor,-all men know something of poverty; not that men are wicked,-who is good? not that men are ignorant,-what is truth? Nay, but that men know so little of men.
Little of beauty has America given the world save the rude grandeur of God himself stamped on her bosom; the human spirit in this new7 world has expressed itself in vigor and ingenuity rather than in beauty.
The return from your work must be the satisfaction which that work brings you and the world's need of that work. With this, life is heaven, or as near heaven as you can get. Without this-with work which you despise, which bores you and which the world does not need-this life is hell.
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