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The Disenfranchised Colonies

Du Bois begins this article with the important point that colonialism has created much of the poverty, ignorance, and disease found in the world. He goes on to challenge the “recent masters of the world” who have “an eternal lien on civilization” and with it, the right to control the future of other people. Du Bois outlines at length the mechanisms of colonial domination and power. In this he is remarkably prophetic, suggesting theoretical models that were later introduced by authors like Franz Fanon in works such as Black Skin, White Masks (1952), A Dying Colonialism (1959), and The Wretched of the Earth (1961).