Gallery view

1920

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963

The cat and the dog

An allegory about a festive feast to which only horned animals are invited.

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

1911

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963

Jesus Christ in Georgia

A black convict is worked like a slave; attacks a white woman; and is mutilated and killed by a mob. This incomplete draft bears substantial editorial mark-up in Du Bois's pencilled hand. Printed in the December 1911 issue of the "Crisis," and again in "Darkwater," under the title, "Jesus Christ in Texas."

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

1910

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963

Fables from within the veil

A hand-scripted tale about a woman who is offered the choice between a black or white baby, and is forced to consider the "color" of the infant's soul.

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

1910

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963

The cocoa trilogy

In the Cameroons, Iowa, and Bramwell Towers, hard workers, applied students, and decent persons suffer unsafe conditions, limited resources, and abusive labor environments; then they rise up, and are punished or killed. See mums312-b236-i035 for notes.

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

1906

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963

The crucifixion of God

A priest wanders into the forest and meets a mysterious figure who claims to be God; then Death; then converses on the nature of the relationship between these entities; and is at last crucified and made to bear a crown of thorns. See mums312-b236-i031, i032 for related manuscripts.

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

1906

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963

The crucifixion of God

A priest wanders into the forest and meets a mysterious figure who claims to be God; then Death; then converses on the nature of the relationship between these entities; and is at last crucified and made to bear a crown of thorns. See mums312-b236-i030, i032 for related manuscripts.

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

1906

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963

The crucifixion of God the king

A priest wanders into the forest and meets a mysterious figure who claims to be God; then Death; then converses on the nature of the relationship between these entities; and is at last crucified and made to bear a crown of thorns. See mums312-b236-i030, i032 for related manuscripts.

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

1920

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963

The exacting playmates a Gola story

A tale about an exacting playmate who gets gobbled by a "'doosoo,' or bugaboo man," as punishment from making his friend retrieve from the belly of a fish a certain set of beads dropped in the river.

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

1920

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963

The man from the sky

A short fable about a man named Sejeo, who one day "came to the earth to cut palm nuts" and ended up inciting a "war among the beasts and birds and never has it ceased."

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers

1920

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963

The bill-horn and the chameleon

A short fable in which a bill-horn and a chameleon argue over who was created first; the bill-horn prevails by lamenting that the "grave-like shell on his head" is the burial place of his late mother.

W. E. B. Du Bois Papers