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Edward Carson

Socialism and Democracy in W.E.B. Du Bois's Life, Thought, and Legacy

Socialism and Democracy in W.E.B. Du Bois's Life, Thought, and Legacy

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Commemorating the 150th anniversary of W. E. B. Du Bois's birth, the chapters in this book reflect on the local, national, and international significance of his remarkable life and legacy in relation to his specific commitments to socialism and democracy.

Written with contemporary conditions in mind, such as the current political period of economic inequality, the debilitating reality of exploitative economic conditions, an expansive and invasive surveillance state, the grotesque injustice of the prison industrial complex, the ongoing crisis of police violence and the militarization of law enforcement, and a White House unashamedly spewing white supremacist, nationalist rhetoric in word and deed, this book collectively ponders how Du Bois's radicalism can shape and re-texture historical understanding and underscore a reflective urgency about the future.

In this volume, scholars and activists undertake thoughtful and analytical explorations with regards to how Du Bois' commitments to socialism and democracy can inform current methodology and praxis.

This book was originally published as a special issue of the journal Socialism and Democracy.

Author: Edward Carson
Publisher: Routledge
Published: 02/01/2022
Pages: 282
Weight: 0.91lbs
Size: 9.21h x 6.14w x 0.62d
ISBN: 9780367511524

About the Author

Edward Carson is Dean of Multicultural Education at The Governor's Academy, USA. He received his B. A. in History and Biblical Christianity and an M. Ed. in History Education from Harding University, USA. He is the co-author with John P. Irish of Historical Thinking Skills: A Workbook for European History. He's an activist in the greater Boston community.

Gerald Horne is the John J. and Rebecca Moores Chair of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston, USA. He is the author of over 30 books on subjects that address racism, labor, white supremacy, black radicalism, black internationalism, civil rights, and film.

Phillip Luke Sinitiere is Scholar in Residence at the W. E. B. Du Bois Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA and teaches history and humanities at the College of Biblical Studies, a predominately African American school in Houston, USA. His essays and books on Du Bois address history, literature, black radicalism, and Pan-Africanism.

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