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-Du Bois published his biography of well-known abolitionist John Brown in 1909, the year of the fiftieth anniversary of Brown's execution. By this time Du Bois had already gained renown--and a degree of notoriety--after publishing //[[Philadelphia Negro|The Philadelphia Negro]]// in 1899 and //[[Souls of Balc Folk|The Souls of Black Folk: Essays and Sketches]]// in 1903, among other works. He had originally intended to write a biography of Nat Turner, the African-American slave who led a rebellion in Virginia in the summer of 1831, but was persuaded by his publisher to write on Brown instead. The biography was part of a series called The American Crisis Biographies. +Du Bois published his biography of well-known abolitionist John Brown in 1909, the year of the fiftieth anniversary of Brown's execution. By this time Du Bois had already gained renown--and a degree of notoriety--after publishing //[[Philadelphia Negro|The Philadelphia Negro]]// in 1899 and //[[Souls of Black Folk|The Souls of Black Folk: Essays and Sketches]]// in 1903, among other works. He had originally intended to write a biography of Nat Turner, the African-American slave who led a rebellion in Virginia in the summer of 1831, but was persuaded by his publisher to write on Brown instead. The biography was part of a series called The American Crisis Biographies.
By 1909 a number of accounts of Brown's life were already in print. Du Bois acknowledged this fact in the preface to his book, explaining to readers that he intended his work to be a reevaluation of existing historical evidence from a novel perspective. In his words, the biography was to be a portrait of Brown from the viewpoint of “the little-known but vastly important inner development of the Negro American.” (1) Scholar Henry Louis Gates argues that John Brown marked Du Bois's transition “from professional academic to full-time activist.” (2) The book is not only strictly biographical; in writing the biography as an interpretive (not merely descriptive) account of Brown's life, Du Bois touches on broader issues of racism and colonialism in American history. By 1909 a number of accounts of Brown's life were already in print. Du Bois acknowledged this fact in the preface to his book, explaining to readers that he intended his work to be a reevaluation of existing historical evidence from a novel perspective. In his words, the biography was to be a portrait of Brown from the viewpoint of “the little-known but vastly important inner development of the Negro American.” (1) Scholar Henry Louis Gates argues that John Brown marked Du Bois's transition “from professional academic to full-time activist.” (2) The book is not only strictly biographical; in writing the biography as an interpretive (not merely descriptive) account of Brown's life, Du Bois touches on broader issues of racism and colonialism in American history.
 
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