Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: June 02, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971928 | Print ISBN: 9781412950855 | Online ISBN: 9781412971928| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Du Bois, W. E. B. (1868–1963)
William Edward Burghardt Du Bois was one of the most prolific and profound social scientists of the 20th century. Du Bois' writings on race have influenced scholars from across the social sciences, including political science, psychology, and economics. In recent years, prominent sociologists have recognized Du Bois' contributions as a founding father of American sociology. Over the past decade, scholars of race, crime, and justice have also acknowledged his significant contribution to American criminology. Du Bois was raised by his mother in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Like many of the few Black Americans who lived in the small and mostly immigrant mill town, Du Bois' mother worked as a domestic. Despite his mother's modest social position, Du Bois was regularly exposed to the ways of life of the town's well-to-do White citizens, some of whom took a special interest in the academic and social development of the young, intellectually advanced Du ...