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 +====== Dusk of Dawn ======
 +//Dusk of Dawn: An Essay Toward an Autobiography of a Race Concept// is an autobiographical text by W.E.B. Du Bois, which, published in 1940, examines Du Bois's life and family history in the context of contemporaneous developments in race relations.
 +Preceded by the more well-known //The Souls of Black Folk// (1903), //Dusk of Dawn// focuses on a number of significant events: Du Bois's relationship with Booker T. Washington, his reasons for leaving the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, his involvement in the Pan-African Congress, etc.
 +In contrast to Washington's //Up From Slavery//, a generic blend of slave narrative and autobiography, //Dusk of Dawn// traces the genealogy of the race concept as it has impacted Du Bois's life.
 +Here is how Du Bois describes this concept:
 +This was the race concept which has dominated my life, and the history of which I have attempted to make the leading theme of this book. It had as I have tried to show all sorts of illogical trends and irreconcilable tendencies. Perhaps it is wrong to speak of it at all as “a concept” rather than as a group of contradictory forces, facts and tendencies. At any rate I hope I have made its meaning to me clear.
 +W.E.B. Du Bois: Writings. New York: Library of America, 1987; 651
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