- What do you think Du Bois’ intent is by bringing up to the president what he wrote in excerpt 1, the fourth and fifth paragraphs of the letter?
- When you read excerpt 2, which includes the 10th and 11th paragraphs of the letter, what do you think is Du Bois’ belief about how America supports the disenfranchised African Americans who have served their country?
- How does this letter compare to Du Bois’ other letter to U.S. Secretary of War Newton Baker? Do you think he has a consistent message, or does he contradict himself? Use textual evidence to support your claim.
Du Bois, W.E.B. "Letter from W. E. B. Du Bois to President Woodrow Wilson," November 1918. Courtesy of UMass Amherst Libraries, permission of use granted by the David Graham Du Bois Trust