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Lawrie Balfour
University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA 22903-4833)

Fellowships for University Teachers
Research Programs

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$24,000 (approved)
$24,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2007 – 6/30/2007

Essays on the Political Thought of W.E.B. Du Bois

This project asks how W. E. B. Du Bois’s understanding of the relationship between slavery and American democracy illuminates political challenges of the post-civil rights era. Written between the turn of the twentieth century and the dawn of the modern Civil Rights Movement, Du Bois’s work exposes connections between the persistence of racial inequality and Americans’ difficulty in reckoning with history. His political thought offers a distinct lens through which to examine the idea of "We the People," for it explicitly locates African American experiences at the heart of American history and gauges American achievements from that perspective.