Dusk of Dawn is a book published by W.E.B. Du Bois in the 1940’s. This was not a just a theoretical writing about the concept of race, but he uses his own personal life experiences and family history to show the development in race relations. Du Bois takes his life experiences and ties them into something bigger, the central point in which race is developed in the United States. He utilizes his life experiences as a center point to survey the contradictory and conflicting interpretations of race.
This book can be broken down into three parts. The first few chapters of Dusk Of Dawn Du Bois speaks of his childhood and his journey through the educations system. Studying at Fisk University, Harvard, and also doing studies overseas in Germany. The main point that ties his autobiography in with his sociological analysis is his disagreement with Booker T. Washington whose views differed from Du Bois when I came down to education of African Americans and white patronage. The second break down would be his views on the concept of race. He introduces race not as a biological certainty but as a social construct. He challenges the original definition of race, having a common genetic makeup, but saying that is more so a shared heritage of slavery and discrimination. The last part of the book touches base on controversial events in Du Bois life. Like the creation of the “Crisis” and his resignation from the NAACP among other events.
Dusk of Dawn shows the many different political views of Du Bois on race. He was able to tie the difference views of men such as Marx and Booker T along with his personal experiences to formulate his own sociological theory as to what the definitions of race is. He gives society a different view point as to what it is. [continues]
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