Up Close: W. E. B. Du Bois

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William Edward Burghardt Du Bois, perhaps best known for his seminal work The Souls of Black Folk and as the founding editor of the NAACP’s groundbreaking magazine The Crisis, was ever a soul in motion for justice.  As Du Bois lived through the major historical events of the twentieth century—from both world wars to the Civil Rights Movement—he protested, gave speeches, propagandized, and wrote and wrote and wrote.

WEB DuBois (book cover)
WEB DuBois (book cover)

Always sticking up for others, he challenged Jim Crow laws and lynch mobs in the Deep South, advocated for the end of European colonialism, and campaigned for world peace. Du Bois never shied away from giving his opinion—even if doing so offended his boss or the American government.

In this rich and captivating Up Close biography, award-winning author Tonya Bolden tells the story of how one man—tirelessly and never quietly—fought for equality until his death at the age of ninety-five.


This balanced, lively account records his many contributions as a teacher, speaker, Civil Rights activist, sociologist, writer, and cofounder of several organizations, including the NAACP, as well as his failings.”     —School Library Journal


Age 11-up | 224 pages
Hardcover  | Viking  | ISBN: 978-0-670-06302-4