Impact Of W.E.B. Dubois’ Reconstruction Era


Few African Americans in United States history have made the impact that W.E.B. DuBois made. He was the first black man t get a doctorate from Harvard, he was a man who commanded the audience of millions through is life as a journalist and he was one of the few influential African Americans who denounced his citizenship out of anger regarding the way AA's were being treated. Dubois wrote many works that were used as guidance for his fellow African Americans but few were as telling as the Reconstruction Era. In this piece of work Dubois provides a quote that today, says it all, when it comes to the history of southern AA"s following the abolishment of slavery.

In his Reconstruction Era ...

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their own choice. Slaves were freed for the first time in their lives and able to venture into the world and make their own choices. It was truly a classic example of "The slave went free."

Just after slavery was abolished the second part of the quote was easily proven. "Stood for a brief moment in the sun ." This can be illustrated by an examination of the Freedmen's Bureau. The Freedmen's Bureau was established to assist the freed slaves in their quest to begin free lives(W. E. Burghardt Du Bois THE FREEDMEN BUREAUhttp://www.theatlantic.com/issues/01mar/dubois.htm).

"The Bureau sold and rented lands in the South which had been confiscated during the war. However, President Johnson undermined the Bureau's funding by returning all lands to the pre-Civil War owners in 1866." Many AA's were given land that was abandoned during the Civil War. While the Bureau' s intent was good the actual work and help that it provided was minimal and experts today agree it made a very small ...

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