Infographics of African-American Life (1900)

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W.E.B. Du Bois, renowned sociologist, economist and activist became a professor of history, sociology and economics at Atlanta University in 1897. In 1900 Du Bois travelled to the First Pan-African Congress, then to the Paris Exposition where he presented his groundbreaking exhibition on the history of African-American life between 1790-1890.

W.E.B. Du Bois Paris Exposition Exhibit


An illustration for the story Infographics of African-American Life (1900) by the author W.E.B. Du Bois
An illustration for the story Infographics of African-American Life (1900) by the author W.E.B. Du Bois
An illustration for the story Infographics of African-American Life (1900) by the author W.E.B. Du Bois

The following visual displays of demographic data were part of Du Bois' collection, "The Exhibit of American Negroes” — in which he attempted to show (a) The history of the American Negro. (b) His present condition. (c) His education. (d) His literature. The collection included 400 official patents by African-Americans, at least 200 books by African-American authors, maps, a Frederick Douglass statue, and 58 hand-drawn charts and graphs, a sample is below.

Proportion of Negroes in Total Population, 1800-1890Distribution of Negros in the United States, 1900Proportion of Freemen and Slaves Among American NegroesAmalgamation of White and Black in Population 1800-1890Income and Expenditures of 150 Families in Atlanta, 1900Assessed Property Tax, Georgia NegroesAssessed Value of Household and Furniture
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