The first four chapters focus on autobiographical information, contextualizing each anecdote in the relevant current events of its time. The next three chapters shift to a more ideological subject—the concept of race. Du Bois uses these chapters to theorize on race as a psychological complex of irrational logics and habits which are perpetuated to support an economically exploitative society. The Plot[ edit ] A New England boy and Reconstruction[ edit ] Du Bois begins with his childhood in Great Barrington and recounts his experiences through his graduation from high school. He notes that while he was thinking critically about race, his analysis was confined to "the relation of my people to the world movement.
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Date: W. As the essay is a mix of sociological commentary and autobiography, it seeks to retrieve the historical and social identities of African Americans of early 20th Century. Rather, it is not just a narrative that seeks to create a singular self life. For instance, Dubois enhances self-separation as a development for African Americans.
In addition, he puts it straightforward that though he supports economic analysis of society by Karl Marx, he does not support communism as he is not a communist himself Horne, Gerald, and Mary This is the reason why Dubois uses personal experiences in his theoretical writing and links the experiences with the broader social and historical phenomena that the author identifies as essential to the development and function of race in America.
It had as I have tried to show all forms of unreasonable irreconcilable tendencies and trends. This is what forms the basis for understanding the contemporary political life.
The work of Dubois in this book is divided into nine chapters that reflect on political life of the contemporary world. In the first and second chapters, Dubois begins with explaining the New England and Reconstruction that occurred to him.
He gives childhood experiences in Great Barrington all through to his high school life. This explains how the State was and experiences that are of social and historical nature and which form the basis for understanding the contemporary political life.
It is essential to note that any history creates a foundation for explaining whatever concept or subject of concern an individual is trying to understand. In the third chapter, this is where Dubois realizes that his analysis of the race was restricted to the relation of his people to the movement in the world. This is because Dubois did not question the world movement. This was during the later decades of the 19th century. During the period of , the author began teaching.
It was during this time that the author published a work, The Crisis, and also went to the Niagara Movement. These forces as stated by Dubois include habits, physical, psychological, and biological forces, enactments, and conventions Du Bois It is evident that these forces exist today where issues of racism exist.
In fact, they are evident even in political concerns. Dubois talks of the Concept of Race in the fifth chapter. He holds that the change of the concept of the race was random. The foundation of distinguishing races was altered without any apology and elaboration. Dubois challenges the supremacy and domination of the white world. The white world emphasizes on racial and group exclusiveness establishing an advocacy of misinformation in which the ideals of racism are not mutually exclusive with Christian morality and democracy.
In fact, the author expresses the social and psychological paradox of racial segregation and inequality. The seventh chapter is the colored world within. Dubois question what this world will do on the present issues and situations Du Bois While the author uses this basis, he highlights an economic plan that he calls the Negro-cooperative movement, which acknowledges the power held by African American as consumers.
Dubois also proposes that by using the capacities of production that African Americans already possess can help this community to attain some degree of political and social autonomy. In the last chapter, Revolution, the author reflects on the influence of the thinking of Karl Marx on his own thinking. In this chapter, he explains his artistic activities and the ways in which he promoted creative expression in the black society, as well as, his insistence on graphic arts.
Dubois realized that he had not been taught of any positive thing about the black people. This is when the author experienced a cultural awakening, and this was in while he was at Fisk University.
Dubois states of how he loves the beauty of the black skin, which whites cannot see. Thus, it forms a basis of enriching understanding of the contemporary political life. Issues of racial segregation and inequality have always been evident in the State for a long period of time. In fact, these affect not only the social and political life of individuals, but also their psychological and economic way of life as all these aspects are interrelated and operate dependently on each other in society.
The distinction between African America and the whites started a long time ago, and these divisions have continued to distinguish people according to their races. Dubois highlights that the distinction to some extent has been regarded as natural inferiority. This, however, is not true as the differences were established by individual human beings. Dubois is among people who have tried to eliminate the idea of colonialism in their work.
As a philosopher, scholar, social activist, and an educator, is one of the intellectuals who are most influential in the 19th century. As a pioneer of movements on human civil rights, Dubois was dedicated to eliminate exploitation, colonialism, and racism across the world. It is, therefore, essential to note that this character represents a voice for African American generations that seek social equality and justice in society Horne et al.
Dubois had hope that black American could achieve political and economic justice. This was proclaimed by Marx as the time of socialism. Black consciousness has been witnessed in the recent years. This is what the author wished for and wanted. These ideas have presently come to be referred to as the aesthetic ideology and influence the political way of life of individuals. Dubois ideas on political inequality were pressured on the need to explain on the failure of a society that is enlightened to offer a political domain representing the black race.
The quest for modern identity of the black people is one of the major political issues in America Horne et al. In fact, the enlightenment and political consciousness have had significant impacts on the political way of life of the American society especially now that the state is governed by a Black American. It is not only in America that the matter of black consciousness is witnessed. Rather, the entire contemporary world understands and experiences the matter, as well.
In other words, what was termed as black primitivism has changed as the period of enlightenment continues Du Bois, Modernism is what has altered and transformed the negative ideologies about blacks. Racial segregation and inequality is still experienced today, but not as much as it was during the earlier times. Therefore, the work of W. B Dubois is particularly essential in enriching the thinking and understanding of the contemporary political life. These and other works are essential in the political science field as they provide a basis upon which argument on political life may be based on.
As mentioned, other works of W. B Dubois including The Crisis are important in understanding political matters. References Du, Bois W. B, and Ellen I. New Brunswick: Transaction Books, Du Bois, W. Version 1. Du Bois: An Encyclopedia. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, Use the order calculator below and get started! Contact our live support team for any assistance or inquiry.
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