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W.E.B DuBois’ Little Known Haitian Roots

January 17, 2010

W.E.B. DuBois

W.E.B. Du Bois detailed his French Haitian background in his autobiography:

“Of grandfather’s life in Haiti from about 1821 to 1830, I know few details. From his 18th to his 27th year he formed acquaintanceships, earned a living, married and had a son, my father, Alfred, born in 1825 [In Haiti]. I do not know what work grandfather did, but probably he ran a plantation and engaged in the growing shipping trade to the United States. Who he married I do not know, nor her relatives. He may have married into the family of Elie Du Bois, the great Haitian educator. Also why he left Haiti in 1830 is not clear. It may have been because of the threat of war with France during the Revolution [in France] of 1830 and the fall of Charles X.”

DuBois’ father was actually born in Haiti and lived in that Country until his youth. W.E.B. DuBois was a child of the Haitian Revolution…

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  1. Musingmom permalink
    March 9, 2010 7:03 am

    I have always admired him. Yet another pleasant finding that he has links to Haiti.

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