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Problem of Color Line with Regard to African Americans
Abstract 
This problem basically shows the strong role of racial differences while analyzing the life of 
Americans and Africans. It shows Du Bois reflection upon the lack of equality between 
American and Africans during 1900. It also highlights the superiority that White Americans 
considered to hold upon other nationalities. Moreover it also gives an insight regarding the 
situation of joblessness for people belonging to other races which was caused by the color line 
drawn by White Americans.
1. The specific state and national policies that further entrenched “the problem of the 
color-line” with regard to African Americans and immigrants through the First World 
War. 
Before we answer this question it is very important to know that what exactly color line is. Color 
line was a line drawn by different races in America that facilitate white Americans on others. 
White Americans were given good jobs, perfect living conditions and other benefits whereas 
other classes were deprived of them. It was a really cruel situation where class difference effect 
can be seen easily. 
Du Bois was an empirical social scientist who conducted excessive social surveys to analyze the 
effect of color and racial differences in American community. He also considered studying racial 
attitudes, identities and beliefs to see what actually differentiate them from other races. He kept 
an inductive approach to gather facts that were exposing the problem of class differences in 
USA. 
The problem of color line was duly reflected by the colonizing impact of western research 
society. This distinguished color line was not paying heed to the MBA degree a person possess 
or skills they have but they were focusing on racial differences. These racial differences you may 
say was effecting the country’s economy massively as the rich were becoming more rich and 
poor were getting more poor due to lack of opportunities. Negros were locked in cells or were 
given only low ranked jobs highlighting the racial differences. 
Du Bois has formulated a quote reflecting on the problem of color line where he says that: 
“The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line, the question of how far 
the differences of race...will hereafter be made the basis of denying to over half the world the 
right of sharing to their utmost ability the opportunities and privileges of modern civilization”. 
Americans were also given 14 Amendments that clearly stated that no state can deprive any 
person of life, state or property without due process of law. It shows that whatever the 
consequences of immigrants is but still every person returning to USA to earn should be 
supported and given an opportunity to work without any racial difference or difference of class. 
The spirit of equality should be there which was diminished for some time after the First World 
War.
The role race – OR – Racial ideas played in the acceptance of immigrants within US 
culture and as a justification for US imperialism into the 1920’s.

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The Problem of the Color Line and African Americans

  • 1. Problem of Color Line with Regard to African Americans
  • 2. Abstract This problem basically shows the strong role of racial differences while analyzing the life of Americans and Africans. It shows Du Bois reflection upon the lack of equality between American and Africans during 1900. It also highlights the superiority that White Americans considered to hold upon other nationalities. Moreover it also gives an insight regarding the situation of joblessness for people belonging to other races which was caused by the color line drawn by White Americans.
  • 3. 1. The specific state and national policies that further entrenched “the problem of the color-line” with regard to African Americans and immigrants through the First World War. Before we answer this question it is very important to know that what exactly color line is. Color line was a line drawn by different races in America that facilitate white Americans on others. White Americans were given good jobs, perfect living conditions and other benefits whereas other classes were deprived of them. It was a really cruel situation where class difference effect can be seen easily. Du Bois was an empirical social scientist who conducted excessive social surveys to analyze the effect of color and racial differences in American community. He also considered studying racial attitudes, identities and beliefs to see what actually differentiate them from other races. He kept an inductive approach to gather facts that were exposing the problem of class differences in USA. The problem of color line was duly reflected by the colonizing impact of western research society. This distinguished color line was not paying heed to the MBA degree a person possess or skills they have but they were focusing on racial differences. These racial differences you may say was effecting the country’s economy massively as the rich were becoming more rich and poor were getting more poor due to lack of opportunities. Negros were locked in cells or were given only low ranked jobs highlighting the racial differences. Du Bois has formulated a quote reflecting on the problem of color line where he says that: “The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line, the question of how far the differences of race...will hereafter be made the basis of denying to over half the world the right of sharing to their utmost ability the opportunities and privileges of modern civilization”. Americans were also given 14 Amendments that clearly stated that no state can deprive any person of life, state or property without due process of law. It shows that whatever the consequences of immigrants is but still every person returning to USA to earn should be supported and given an opportunity to work without any racial difference or difference of class. The spirit of equality should be there which was diminished for some time after the First World War.
  • 4. The role race – OR – Racial ideas played in the acceptance of immigrants within US culture and as a justification for US imperialism into the 1920’s.