Fellows' Presentation

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

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Part of the 2017–2018 Fellows' Presentation Series

Lecture by Chad L. Williams RI '18

Free and open to the public.


At Radcliffe, Chad L. Williams 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to write what he believed would be the definitive history of African Americans in World War I. Based on Du Bois’s unpublished manuscript and research materials, the project explores how the personal, political, and historical legacies of World War I haunted both Du Bois and black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.