W. E. B. Dubois seated in his office at The Crisis, New York, NY, circa 1924.
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W. E. B. Dubois seated at a desk, in the office of The Crisis

Credit: Courtesy of the NYPL digital gallery, New York Public Library

W. E. B. DuBois and Jesse Fauset both grew up in well-to-do African American families and shared the conservative social values and good manners of America’s black elite. Fourteen years older than Fauset, DuBois played an important role in her development as a writer.

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