David Levering Lewis on Du Bois

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In this undated video recording, historian David Levering Lewis speaks to an audience at Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia, about his 1994 book, W. E. B. Du Bois: Biography of a Race, 1868–1919. Dr. Lewis reads from chapters on the arrival of the DuBois family in Atlanta in 1898 and their early years in the city. The first section of his reading focuses on Nina DuBois, W.E.B. DuBois’s first wife. Lewis recounts the memories of Bazoline Usher, who knew the DuBois family. He also reads from sections discussing W.E.B. DuBois’s demeanor, his teaching style, and his scholarship. The reading closes with a consideration of the impact on DuBois of the lynching of Sam Hose and his grief at losing his infant son, Burghardt DuBois. The video closes with a question and answer session.

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