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W.E.B Du Bois

             This research paper will tell you about the life of W. One of Americas foremost black intellectuals, he fought the struggle for racial advancement in the first half of the 20th Century. W.E.B. Du Bois was a scholar an activist, and a writer.
             William Edward Burghardt Du Bois was born on February 23, 1868 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Parents were Alfred Du Bois and Mary Burghardt. When Du Bois was 4 months old his father left to New Milford, Connecticut. He said that he come back. But Mary and William never saw or heard of him again . Du Bois's childhood was free of strife. Mary and William lived with Grandfather Burghardt for almost five years . Grandfather died in 1873. Du Bois started school in 1874. Du Bois was an excellent student . Racial prejudice slowly entered his life. One day was playing with calling cards. Gave calling card to white girl and she rejected it. That rejection increased his desire to succeed.
             While Du Bois was growing up his mother suffered a paralytic stroke. That left her lame in one leg and a crippled left arm . Mother was not able to work a lot. To make money Du Bois delivered groceries, and a lot of other stuff. Du Bois went Great Barrington High school. Great Barrington only had 25 students. After school liked browsing at books at bookstores and like the reading newspapers . Owner Johnny Morgan got him a job selling subscriptions for black magazines.
             Two years later, formed a club called the Sons of Freedom . Club dedicated to the advancement of the colored race . Members to attend lectures and study American history and take part in debates . Du Bois soon graduated in 1884 . Dubois goal was to go to college, mainly Harvard University . Spent one year working on studies, didn't have enough to money to go to college yet. Principal raised enough money for Du Bois to go to Fisk University. Just before he was about to go college, his mother Mary died.

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