The Negro by W.E.B. Du Bois is Published

The Negro is a book by W. E. B. Du Bois published in 1915.

The book is an overview of African-American history, tracing it as far back as the sub-Saharan cultures, including Zimbabwe, Ghana and Songhai, as well as covering the history of the slave trade and the history of Africans in the United States and the Caribbean.

This is a pioneering work on African-American history by the noted activist and scholar, W.E.B. Du Bois. Born in 1868, three years after the end of the Civil War, Du Bois lived until 1963, one year before the March on Washington. He was a founder of the NAACP, and worked his entire life to lift what he called "the Veil", or segregation.

While some minor items in this book have been disproven, the vast majority of it still stands as one of the best books ever written on the subject, and an ideal supplement for any curriculum in world history. Du Bois covers a vast swath of African history, including the indigenous high sub-Saharan civilizations such as Zimbabwe, Ghana, and Songhai, the disasterous impact of centuries of the slave trade, and an overveiw of Black history in the Caribbean and the United States.

The book ought to be generally read, for it contains more than mere information. It gathers and sets forth authentic data which form the kind of historic background essential to race consciousness.”

— James Weldon Johnson