The Study of the Negro Problems


Edited by Nahum Dimitri Chandler

in The Problem of the Color Line at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2014 | ISBN: 9780823254545
Published online September 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780823260843 | DOI:

Series: American Philosophy (FUP)

The Study of the Negro Problems

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This chapter presents an essay by W. E. B. Du Bois that discusses certain considerations on the study of the social problems affecting American Negroes. It first cites the lack of scientific inquiry on the group of social phenomena arising from the presence of eight million persons of African descent in America. It then covers the historical development of Negro problems; the necessity for their careful systematic study at the present time; the results of scientific study of the Negro up to this time; and the scope and method which future scientific inquiry should take. It concludes by suggesting the agencies by which this work can best be carried out.

Keywords: W. E. B. Du Bois; American Negroes; Negro problems; social problems

Chapter.  8923 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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