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Franklin Library Special Collections and Archives : W.E.B. Du Bois Collection

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William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (1868-1963) was a trans-disciplined author, business developer, economist, editor, educator, organizational architect, researcher, and social agitator.  Born February 23, 1868 in New Barrington, Massachusetts he graduated from Great Barrington  High School.  Later he went on to study at Fisk University and taught in rural schools during the summers before securing his B.A. in 1888.  After graduating from Fisk Du Bois went on to attend Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts from which he graduated cum laude in 1890.   Du Bois' preeminence as a pioneering historian and sociologist situated him as an established intellectual through national and international standards in the 20th century. He was known as one of the most widely heard and read voices of African American leadership during his era, both respected and despised alike. 

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