[PW] Need help finding source of or verifying W.E.B. du Bois quotation

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com
Tue Mar 21 10:49:31 PDT 2017

Here is a citation and HathiTrust link to an essay by Du Bois in a 1910 volume.

The Editorial review. v.2 (1910).
The Economic Aspects of Race Prejudice
By W. E. Burghardt Du Bois,
Professor of Sociology, Atlanta University
Start Page 488, Quote Page 493


[Begin excerpt]
And when a group, a nation or a world assumes this attitude, it is
handling dynamite. There is in this world no such force as the force
of a man determined to rise. The human soul can not be permanently
[End excerpt]


On Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 12:39 PM, Mary Wilkes T. <mwilkest at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi folks!
> Our city HR person has asked help in finding the source of this
> quotation by W.E.B. du Bois.
> It's everywhere without citation on the Internet.
> "There is in this world no such force as the force of a person
> determined to rise.  The human soul cannot be permanently chained." -
> W.E.B. Dubois.
> Several of us have spent time on it, and have discovered a few
> resources we can access giving sources. We have found it cited as
> being from a speech Du Bois gave titled "Race Prejudice" (delivered on
> March 5, 1910), but when we found the text of that speech
> (http://credo.library.umass.edu/view/full/mums312-b196-i049) it did
> not include these lines. We also found it cited several times as
> coming from the book Souls of Black Folk, but doing searches of
> full-text documents of that work did not find this quote either. We've
> checked a number of quotation books.
> Anyone run into this quote before? Or have suggestions of what we can try next?
> Thanks in advance,
> mary
> --
> Mary Wilkes Towner
> Adjunct Lecturer, UIUC GSLIS
> Interim Director of Adult Services, The Urbana Free Library
> 210 W. Green St, Urbana, IL 61801
> 217 367-4405/mwilkest at gmail.com
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