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The Witch of Endor Slept Here: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Crisis of the George Washington Bicentenary

Lurana Donnels O’Malley
MELUS (2016) 41 (4): 32-54.

In 1932 (the two-hundredth anniversary of the birth of George Washington and a time of institutionally sponsored patriotic fervor), the African American writer W. E. B. Du Bois published a play that would challenge the veneration of America’s first president. In George Washington and Black Folk: A Pageant for the Bicentenary, 1732-1932, Du Bois aimed to provide an alternative view of established history, with a focus on African Americans’ achievements during the Washington era.

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