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The Wounded World: W.E.B. Du Bois, African Americans, and the History of World War I

  • Wednesday, November 15, 2017
  • Knafel Center
    10 Garden Street
    Cambridge, MA 02138
Headshot of Chad L. Williams
Photo by Tony Rinaldo

At Radcliffe, Chad L. Williams RI '18 is completing a book about W. E. B. Du Bois’s attempts to write what he believed would be the definitive history of African Americans in World War I. Based on Du Bois’s unpublished manuscript and research materials, the project explores how the personal, political, and historical legacies of World War I haunted both Du Bois and black people more broadly throughout the interwar period. Williams hopes to shed new light on Du Bois’s intellectual life, the experiences of African American soldiers, and the meaning of World War I for peoples of African descent. 

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