The three-volume Correspondence of W.E.B. Du Bois offers a unique perspective on Du Bois's experiences and views. In recognition of the significance of the Correspondence, the final volume was named a Best Book of the Year by the New York Times Book Review.
Herbert Aptheker has provided an introduction and notes to each volume, illuminating the circumstances and identifying the personalities involved in the correspondence. A long time friend and colleague of Du Bois, Aptheker is a well-known historian of the African American experience. In 1939 and again in 1969, he won the history award given by the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. Among his most prominent works are American Negro Slave Revolts and the three-volume Documentary History of the Negro People in the United States.
"An excellent job of editing. . . . There is not an editorial comment nor an editorial footnote that is superfluous. There is not a single letter nor an exchange of letters that does not contribute to the reader's understanding of Du Bois himself or of the history of the times through which Du Bois lived and upon which he had a very considerable effect."—Jay Saunders Redding, Phylon
"Du Bois's long life and committed scholarship were devoted to a belief in the ultimate realization of one world free of racial or ethnic division and strife, economic exploitation and inequity, capable of unlimited intellectual, scientific and technological development for the benefit of humankind."—David Graham Du Bois
"This is an immensely valuable contribution to the literature. It is intelligently laid out with a helpful chronological and subject table of contents and the material itself is of crucial importance. The range of subjects with which Du Bois deals is immense and his honesty, integrity, and politics shine through this correspondence. He deals presciently with the problems of the post-World War II world, with the ruling class's interests, and with the range of struggles being waged and to be waged."—Sage Race Relations Abstracts