Efforts for Social Social Betterment among Negro Americans.
Efforts for Social Social Betterment among Negro Americans.

Efforts for Social Social Betterment among Negro Americans.

Report of a Social Study made by Atlanta University…together with the Proceedings of the 14th Annual Conference for the Study of Negro Problems


One of a series of academic studies of African Americans published by Atlanta University and edited by African-American sociologist and academic, W.E.B. Du Bois (1868–1963).

Since 1897, Du Bois had been a professor of history and economics at that historically black school. Here he studies and provides much data, including first-person accounts, on African-American philanthropy, charitable groups, hospitals, literary and social clubs, and civic and social reform efforts:

This monograph is an attempt to study efforts for social betterment among Negro Americans. By efforts for social betterment is meant mainly benevolent efforts; i.e. efforts not designed to secure direct economic return. Such activities as are usually called charitable and reformatory are the ones mainly noticed. The efforts noted are mainly those of colored people themselves directed toward their own social uplift, but some notice has also been taken of the charitable work of whites for Negroes and of the general charities of Negroes not confined to their race. (p[9])

Du Bois’ work is divided into 24 chapters including “The African Background,” “Slavery,” “The Church,” “Negro Philanthropists,” “Women’s Clubs,” “Old Folk’s Homes,” “Orphanages,” “Hospitals,” “Y.M.C. Associations and Y.W.C. Associations,” “Refuges and Homes for Women and Children,” “Social, Literary and Art Clubs,” “Literature and Newspapers,” “Libraries,” “Day Nurseries,” “Kindergartens,” and “Civic Reform.”


Description: Efforts for Social Social Betterment among Negro Americans.

Atlanta, Georgia: The Atlanta University Press, 1909. [1–5], 6–136pp. First Edition. 8vo. Gray, stiff paper wrappers. Tables and graphs. Last three pages and rear wrap with small areas of paper loss along edge, not affecting text. A very good and clean copy.

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Work p528.


Price: $150.00