16-08 Segment 1: W.E.B. Du Bois: The scholar denied

 

Synopsis: At the beginning of the 20th century, the study of sociology was dominated by the University of Chicago and other, historically white universities. Scholars at these schools conducted “armchair” theorizing – developing theories without actually going into cities and towns to talk to the people they were studying. One man – an African-American scholar and author – changed all that with his groundbreaking research and writing about Black people, their culture, and economic and social situations in urban areas. We talk to a sociologist about W.E.B. Du Bois and his work, and why he was denied the accolades he deserved for developing a new way to research and study various populations in the United States.

Host: Gary Price. Guest: Aldon D. Morris, professor of sociology and African-American studies at Northwestern University, author of the book, The Scholar Denied: W.E.B. Du Bois and the birth of modern sociology.

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