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Meet Amazing Americans Activists & Reformers W.E.B. Du Bois
 
Photos of young African American woman and man, around 1900
African American ladies and gentlemen dressed in the style of the day

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W.E.B. Du Bois and the 1900 Paris Exhibition
The Paris Exhibition was powerful evidence that African Americans were an important, productive part of American society. But even though they had made great gains since the end of slavery, state and federal courts were preventing many African Americans from voting and holding office. All over the country, people were being hurt and killed because of the color of their skin. And even more African Americans were being unfairly excluded from schools and jobs. In the first decade of the 1900s, W.E.B. Du Bois and others saw the need for stronger measures to ensure full rights for his people. Through this exhibit, his writings and talks, Du Bois devoted his life to fighting inequality among the races.
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