W.E.B. Du Bois’s critique of Radical Reconstruction (1865–77): A Hegelian approach to American modernity

  • Elvira Basevich
  • Philosophy & Social Criticism, September 2018, SAGE Publications
  • DOI: 10.1177/0191453718797371

Du Bois's critique of American democracy and slavery

Photo by British Library on Unsplash

Photo by British Library on Unsplash

What is it about?

Du Bois shows that the democratic reasoning of former slaves in postbellum America helps make American society a better place.

Why is it important?

It shows that Du Bois has a democratic theory that is racially pluralistic and incorporates gender and economic justice.


Elvira Basevich
University of Massachusetts Lowell

It shows Du Bois's connection to American history, German philosophy and democratic theory and presents it in a new light that is under explored and unappreciated by mainstream philosophers.

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