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The American Negro

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Title:
The American Negro
Description:
In an address at Carnegie Hall marking Negro History Week Du Bois speaks to the "cruel dilemma" of African Americans. African Americans have made marked gains in civil rights so that they are "standing at the crossroads where we are emerging from serfdom into the twilight of freedom" and are presented with the possibility of embracing the "so-called American way of life." Yet, communist countries are doing a better job of keeping their populations fed, healthy and educated, and without the taint of racial discrimination. Faced with a country beholden to the interests of corporate capitalism and where freedom of expression has been immobilized by the Red Scare Du Bois asks whether African Americans should "bow and bend to America" or rather to "restore democracy to this nation, make it again possible for the people to express their will"?
Creator:
Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963
Date:
February 19, 1960
Format:
Manuscripts
Genre:
Speeches
Drafts (documents)
Location:
Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries
Box 206 (shelf locator)
Collection (local):
W. E. B. Du Bois Papers
Series:
Series 2. Speeches
Subjects:
Socialism
African American communists
Propaganda, Anti-communist
American Dream
African Americans
Places:
United States
Extent:
13 p.
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Terms of Use:
All rights for this document are held by the David Graham Du Bois Trust. Requests to publish, redistribute, or replicate this material should be addressed to Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.
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Place of origin:
New York (N.Y.)
Language:
English
Identifier:
mums312-b206-i046