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W. E. B. Du Bois (1868-1963), the first African-American to defend a doctoral thesis at Harvard, is a historian and ethnographer of the Black North American communities, anthropologist and colour line activist. He published several books on the drama of African-American identity duality, including The Souls of Black Folk in 1903, and rejected science not engaged in defending blacks who continued to be persecuted and discriminated against. He denied his US citizenship and moved to Ghana two years before his death.

Keywords: Political commitment | 20th century | Last quarter of the 19th century | United States of America | African-American studies | Slavery

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