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Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt) (1868-1963) The Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05823 Author/Creator: Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt) (1868-1963) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Book Date: 1899 Pagination: 1 v. : xx, 577 p. : ill. ; 26 x 18 cm. Order a Copy

Du Bois's detailed study uses history and sociology to consider the social experience of African Americans in the Seventh Ward of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Offers a comprehensive examination of black life, including migration, religion, crime, family, health, and education. Contains a preface by Du Bois and an introduction by Samuel McCune Lindsay, Professor of Sociology at University of Pennsylvania. Includes a map of the Seventh Ward following the introduction which indicates the distribution of African American inhabitants and their social condition. Contains a map facing page 60 depicting the streets and voting precincts of the Seventh Ward. First edition.

Bound with "The United States Farm Magazine" for January 1898, which includes several other articles: "Special Reports on Negro Domestic Service in the Seventh Ward Philadelphia," a survey by Isabel Eaton, fellow of the College Settlements Association, begins on page 425. Eaton's article concludes on page 520. Following page 520, page numbers begin at 477 for the following articles: "What the Negro did for the Old South," an article from the Southern States Farm Magazine by theologian Robert L. Dabney (pp. 477-482); "How to Deal with the Negro," by planter/agriculturist Joseph B. Killebrew (pp. 482-492); "The Negro's Present Condition," by geographer Henry Gannett (pp. 492-495); "The Best Labor in the World," by Booker T. Washington (pp. 496-498); "Literature- A Few Vagrant Notes," by Peter Peckin (pp. 499-500); "Tea and Culture in the South" from a bulletin prepared by horticulturist William Saunders (pp. 501-506); an editorial from the Southern States Farm Magazine (pp. 507-510); and a section devoted to general notes (pp. 511-524). Printed by Ginn & Co., Boston, Massachusetts. Published for the University of Pennsylvania as one in a series on political economy and public law.

In addition to being a prominent theologian, Robert Lewis Dabney was a vocal supporter of the Confederacy and a Confederate army chaplain. He spoke widely in support of slavery and continued to hold racist views until his death, over thirty years after the end of the war. It is interesting, then, that his essay is included in a Du Bois collection.

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