With the follow-up to his Pulitzer Prize-winning first volume, Lewis has garnered a National Book Award nomination. He picks up his account of Du Bois’s life with the triumphal return from WWI of African American veterans to the shattering reality of racism, even as America discovers the New Negro of literature and art.

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This monumental biography–eight years in the research and writing–treats the early and middle phases of a long and intense career: a crucial fifty-year period that demonstrates how Du Bois changed forever the way Americans think about themselves.