Laalala Essay

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W.E.B. Du Bois Emily Heng African American Studies Prof. Samad 11/28/12 William Edward Burghardt (W.E.B.) Du Bois was born on February 23rd of 1868 in Massachusetts. A couple of months after Du Bois was born, the Fourteenth Amendment was approved. The Fourteenth Amendment let former enslaved people have the rights to be citizens of the United States. According to a website called Loc.gov, the Fourteenth Amendment forbids states from denying any person “life, liberty, or property, without due process of law” or to “deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” Two years after the Fourteenth Amendment was past, the Fifteenth Amendment was also passed; this Amendment gave former slaves the right to vote. Within this period of time, it was known as the Reconstruction Era. The Reconstruction Era Period had last up until W.E.B. Du Bois was about eight years of age. When William was growing up, he had been near his mother’s side a lot so he often listen to his elders and everything about her side of the family. His father had started barbering and then went to New York; but his mother decided to not follow her husband so they ended up splitting after two years. W.E.B. Du Bois had follow his mother and moved to Egremont Plain, which was where his grandparents lived at. But soon after then, his grandfather Othello had fallen ill and passed away in 1873, the family started to struggle and the grandmother Sally had to sell the land to take care of the debts. Soon after that, the family moved to Great Barrington. But little does William know, the hard times were about to come. Racial starts to become a problem for the blacks. The blacks were beginning to get kicked out of industrial jobs and less and less people were not getting the proper education they deserved. But Du bois didn’t seem to be fairly affected just

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