W.E.B. Du Bois made the news recently as the result of a misspelled tweet by our new Department of Education. Admittedly, I didn’t know as much as I should have about his legacy when I heard the news, but I now am completely fascinated by this series of infographics he created in the early 1900s.

These particular infographics are part of “A series of statistical charts illustrating the condition of the descendants of former African slaves now in residence in the United States of America.” They are completely fascinating in both form and content.

Image via Library of Congress

Image via Library of Congress

Image via Library of Congress

Image via Library of Congress

Image via Library of Congress

Image via Library of Congress

Image via Library of Congress

If you’re interested in seeing more of Du Bois’s work, The Library of Congress maintains a comprehensive archive. Start here to see the infographics in particular.

Also, CO.DESIGN published a more in-depth story with quite a bit more background about Du Bois and his work, If you find the topic as interesting as I do, I highly suggest giving that article a read.

 

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