East St. Louis


W.E.B. Du Bois


March 1, 1917

Let no one fear that in the economic development of the American Negro East St. Louis is not a bubble. Its significance is simply the shame of American democracy and the utter impotence of its justice. Nevertheless, despite this pogrom, engineered by Gompers and his Trade Unions, the demand for Negro labor continues and will continue. Negro labor continues to come North and ought to come North. It will find work at higher wages than the slave South ever paid and ever will pay, and, despite the Trade Unions and the murderers whom they cover and defend, economic freedom for the American Negro is written in the stars. East St. Louis, Chester and Youngstown are simply the pools of blood through which we must march, but march we will.


For attribution, please cite this work as:
Du Bois, W.E.B. 1917. “East St. Louis.” The Crisis 14 (5): 215–16. https://www.dareyoufight.org/Volumes/14/05/east_st_louis.html.