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Jonathan Holloway received his Ph.D. from Yale in 1995 and is now the Edmund S. Morgan Professor of African American Studies, History, and American Studies and the dean of Yale College. A specialist in post-emancipation United States history with a focus on cultural and intellectual history. Holloway has written many books on these topics and he is editor of a new version of W.E.B. Du Bois’ The Souls of Black Folk, published in 2015. Holloway received the William Clyde DeVane Award for Distinguished Scholarship and Teaching in 2009 and the Before Columbia Foundation’s American Book Award in 2014.
W.E.B. Du Bois was an American sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, author and editor. He graduated from Harvard and was the first African American to earn a doctorate. Du Bois was one of the co-founders of the NAACPin 1909. The Souls of Black Folk, first published in 1903, affirms that it is beneath the dignity of a human being to beg for those rights that belong inherently to all mankind. Publication of The Souls of Black Folk was a dramatic event that helped to polarize black leaders of the time.