The Souls of Jewish Folk: W. E. B. Du Bois, Anti-Semitism, and the Color Line (Sociology of Race and Ethnicity) (Paperback)

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The Souls of Jewish Folk: W. E. B. Du Bois, Anti-Semitism, and the Color Line (Sociology of Race and Ethnicity) (Paperback)

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The Souls of Jewish Folk argues that late nineteenth-century Germany's struggle with its "Jewish question"--what to do with Germany's Jews--served as an important and to-date underexamined influence on W.E.B. Du Bois's considerations of America's anti-Black racism at the turn of the twentieth century. Du Bois is well known for his characterization of the twentieth century's greatest challenge, "the problem of the color line." This proposition gained prominence in the conception of Du Bois's The Souls of Black Folk (1903), which engages the questions of race, racial domination, and racial exploitation. James M. Thomas contends that this conception of racism is haunted by the specter of the German Jew.

In 1892 Du Bois received a fellowship for his graduate studies at the University of Berlin from the John F. Slater Fund for the Education of Freedmen. While a student in Berlin, Du Bois studied with some of that nation's most prominent social scientists. What The Souls of Jewish Folk asks readers to take seriously, then, is how our ideas, and indeed intellectual work itself, are shaped by and embedded within the nexus of people, places, and prevailing contexts of their time. With this book, Thomas examines how the major social, political, and economic events of Du Bois's own life--including his time spent living and learning in a late nineteenth-century Germany defined in no small part by its violent anti-Semitism--constitute the soil from which his most serious ideas about race, racism, and the global color line sprang forth.
JAMES M. THOMAS is associate professor of sociology at the University of Mississippi. He is the author of Working to Laugh: Assembling Difference in American Stand-Up Comedy Venues and Diversity Regimes: Why Talk Is Not Enough to Fix Racial Inequality at Universities. He is also the coauthor of Are Racists Crazy? How Prejudice, Racism, and Antisemitism Became Markers of Insanity and Affective Labor: (Dis)Assembling Difference and Distance.

Product Details ISBN: 9780820365077
ISBN-10: 0820365076
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication Date: October 1st, 2023
Pages: 180
Language: English
Series: Sociology of Race and Ethnicity