Phylon, The Atlanta University Review of Race and Culture [Volumes I and II].

First two volumes—eight issues in all—of Phylon, a quarterly academic journal dedicated to issues of race and culture from an African American perspective, edited by scholar and civil rights activist, W.E.B. Du Bois (1868–1963).

Du Bois was the chair of the department of sociology at Atlanta University, now known as Clark Atlanta University, when he founded Phylon.¹ “During this period Du Bois continued to be an active lecturer and an interlocutor with young scholars and activists; he also deepened his studies of Marxism and traveled abroad. He sought unsuccessfully to enlist the aid of the Phelps-Stokes Fund in launching his long-dreamed-of project to prepare an encyclopedia of black peoples in Africa and the diaspora.” (ANB)

Contributions to Volumes I and II include: “Ascension, A Poem” by William Stanley Braithwaite; “Faith in the Death Chamber” by Horace Mann Bond; “The Poetic Philosophy of Countee Cullen” by Bertram L. Woodruff; “Estevanico, Negro Discoverer of the Southwest” by Rayford W. Logan; Du Bois’ own “Moto of Hampton and Tuskegee”; “Charles W. Chesnutt, Pioneer in the Fiction of Negro Life” by High M. Gloster; “Sociology of Race Riots” by Bernard F. Robinson; “The Negro in the Organization of Abolition” by Charles H. Wesley; and “Songs Called the Blues” by Langston Hughes.

Du Bois edited four magazines during his long academic career, most notably The Crisis, edited for the NAACP from 1910 to 1934. Writing about Phylon in a later volume in 1944, Du Bois, a noted sociologist, stated that he “…sought to publish a review of race and culture, which begins its investigation naturally with American Negroes…and which proceeds from this beginning of scientific investigation with this segregated group, to look out upon the whole world of social development and interpret it accordingly.”²

Description: Phylon, The Atlanta University Review of Race and Culture [Volumes I and II].

Atlanta, Georgia: Atlanta University, 1940–1941. Two Volumes: Vol. I, Nos. 1–4 and Vol. II, Nos. 1–4. 400pp and 420pp. Lg. 8vos. Maroon library buckram; gilt tilting on spine. Ex-Fisk University Library (Nashville) with their bookplates; no spine labels. Halftone illustrations; one fold-out color plate; upper wrapper of first number of each volume bound in. Very good.


Notes 1. W. E. B. Du Bois in Georgia | New Georgia Encyclopedia accessed online: “In Georgia, Du Bois wrote some of his best-known works, including The Souls of Black Folk, Dusk of Dawn, and Black Reconstruction, and established a journal dealing with the African American experience called Phylon. … Du Bois’s life and work in Georgia improved the lives of blacks in the state and across the country while educating all races about the contributions of African Americans to American society.” 2. Kirschke and Sinitiere, editors, Protest and Propaganda, W.E.B. Du Bois, The Crisis, and American History (U. of Missouri Press, 2016), p43.

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