William Edward Burghardt "W. E. B." Du Bois (pronounced /duːˈbɔɪz/ doo-BOYZ; February 23, 1868 – August 27, 1963) was an American sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, author and editor. Born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Du Bois grew up in a relatively tolerant and integrated community. Du Bois rose to national prominence as the leader of the Niagara Movement, a group of African-American activists who wanted equal rights for blacks. Racism was the main target of Du Bois's polemics, and he strongly protested against lynching, Jim Crow laws, and discrimination in education and employment. Du Bois was a prolific author. Early life Great Barrington's primarily European American community treated Du Bois generally well. University education In 1892, Du Bois received a fellowship from the John F. Wilberforce and University of Pennsylvania "Between me and the other world there is ever an unasked question: ... —Du Bois, "Strivings of the Negro People", 1897
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Black Reconstruction, wikipediaFirst edition cover Black Reconstruction in America is a history by W. E. B. Du Bois, first published in 1935. Du Bois' historical scholarship and use of primary source data research on the postwar political economy of the former Confederate States’ were ground-breaking. In chapter five, Du Bois argues that the decision by slaves on the southern plantations to stop working during the war was an example of a General Strike. Dubois’ research showed that the post-emancipation South did not degenerate into economic or political chaos. He documented that these Reconstruction governments were the first to establish public health departments to promote public health and sanitation, and to combat the spread of epidemic diseases. Critical reception The work was not well received by critics and historians at the time. Scholarship in the 1970s and 1980s tempered some of these claims by highlighting continuities in the political goals of white politicians before and during Reconstruction.
Stuart Hall (cultural theorist)Stuart McPhail Hall, FBA (3 February 1932 – 10 February 2014) was a Jamaican-born cultural theorist and sociologist who lived and worked in the United Kingdom from 1951. Hall, along with Richard Hoggart and Raymond Williams, was one of the founding figures of the school of thought that is now known as British Cultural Studies or The Birmingham School of Cultural Studies. He was President of the British Sociological Association 1995–97. In the 1950s Hall was a founder of the influential New Left Review. Hall left the centre in 1979 to become a professor of sociology at the Open University. Hall retired from the Open University in 1997 and was a Professor Emeritus. British newspaper The Observer called him "one of the country's leading cultural theorists". He was married to Catherine Hall, a feminist professor of modern British history at University College London. After working on the Universities and Left Review during his time at Oxford, Hall joined E. (1960). (1971).
Lecture 2 | African-American Freedom Struggle (Stanford) Video Lecture, StanfordSEE: Guide to Download Stanford Video Lecture Lecture Details : Lecture 1 of Clay Carson's Introduction to African-American History Course (HIST 166) concentrating on the Modern Freedom Struggle (Fall 2007). Topics in this lecture include a course introduction and W.E.B. Du Bois. This course introduces the viewer to African-American history, with particular emphasis on the political thought and protest movements of the period after 1930, focusing on selected individuals who have shaped and been shaped by modern African-American struggles for freedom and justice. Complete playlist for the course: Course syllabus: More on Clayborne Carson: Stanford University channel on YouTube: Course Description : Other Resources : Syllabus | Other History Courses » check out the complete list of History lectures
Greg GrandinGreg Grandin (born 1962, in Brooklyn, New York) is an American historian, and professor of history at New York University. He is author of a number of books, including Fordlândia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for History, as well as for the National Book Award and a National Book Critics Circle Award. A more recent book is entitled Who Is Rigoberta Menchú? and focuses on the treatment of the Nobel Peace Prize winner in the media. Fordlandia was named a best book of the year by The New York Times, The New Yorker; NPR; The Boston Globe; San Francisco Chronicle; and the Chicago Tribune. Life He graduated from Brooklyn College with a BA, from CUNY, and from Yale University with a PhD. He won the Latin American Studies Association's Bryce Wood Award for the best book published in any discipline on Latin America for Blood of Guatemala: A History of Race and Nation. He lives in Brooklyn.
3 minutes inZygmunt BaumanZygmunt Bauman (born 19 November 1925) is a Polish sociologist. He has resided in England since 1971 after being driven out of Poland by an anti-semitic campaign engineered by the Communist government. Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Leeds, Bauman is one of the world's most eminent social theorists writing on issues as diverse as modernity and the Holocaust, postmodern consumerism and liquid modernity. Biography According to the Institute of National Remembrance, from 1945 to 1953 Bauman was a political officer in the Internal Security Corps (KBW), a military unit formed to combat Ukrainian nationalist insurgents and part of the remnants of the Polish Home Army . Further Bauman worked as an informer for the Military Intelligence from 1945 to 1948. In an interview in The Guardian, Bauman confirmed that he had been a committed communist during and after World War II and had never made a secret of it. Work Early work Modernity and rationality Awards and honours
6 minutes inPaul GilroyPaul Gilroy (born 16 February 1956) is a Professor at King's College London. Biography Gilroy taught at South Bank University, Essex University, and then Goldsmiths College for many years before leaving London to take up a tenured post at Yale University, where he was the chair of the Department of African American Studies and Charlotte Marian Saden Professor of Sociology and African American Studies. He was the first holder of the Anthony Giddens Professorship in Social Theory at the London School of Economics before he joined King's College London in September 2012. Gilroy is known as a path-breaking scholar and historian of the music of the Black Atlantic diaspora, as a commentator on the politics of race, nation and racism in the UK, and as an archaeologist of the literary and cultural lives of blacks in the western hemisphere. Gilroy's theories of race, racism and culture were influential in shaping the cultural and political movement of black British people during the 1990s.