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Among the petitions are the manuscript of Du Bois' introduction and to the NAACP's Appeal to the World: A Statement on the Denial of Human Rights to Minorities (1947), along with the contributions of other authors.


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W.E.B. Du Bois Library
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UMass Amherst
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W.E.B. Du Bois Papers: Series 9. Petitions, 1947-1961
0.25 linear feet

Call no.: MS 312

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Series 9. Petitions

Du Bois, W.E.B., An Appeal to the World: A Statement of Denial of Human Rights to Minorities in the Case of citizens of Negro Descent in the United States of America and an Appeal to the United Nations for Redress.

New York: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

  • Manuscript of Du Bois's introduction.
  • Outline and manuscript of "The Denial of Legal Rights of American Negroes from 1787 to 1914" by Earl B. Dickerson.
  • Manuscript of "The Negro in American Law" by Milton R. Konvitz.
  • Manuscript of "The Present Legal and Social Status of the Negro" by William R. Ming, Jr.
  • Manuscript of "The Charter of the United Nations and Its Provisions for Human Rights and the Rights of Minorities and Decisions Already Taken Under This Charter" by Rayford W. Logan.
  • Manuscript of summary of petition by Du Bois.
  • List of corrections.

Du Bois, W.E.B., A Petition to the Human Rights Commission of the Social and Economic Council of the United Nations; and to the General Assembly of the United Nations; and to the Several Delegations of the Member States of the United Nations

Mimeographed petition and manuscript.

Du Bois, W.E.B., Petition of Right to the President, the Congress and the Supreme Court of the United States of America
ca. 1957

Du Bois, W.E.B., A Petition to the President of the United States, the Honorable John F. Kennedy
1961 Feb



Acquired from Shirley Graham Du Bois, 1973. Additions to the series were made to the collection after it was initially received and processed.

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