E. Franklin Frazier

Poster from Office of War Information. Domestic Operations Branch. News Bureau, 1943 Edward Franklin Frazier (; September 24, 1894 – May 17, 1962), was an American sociologist and author, publishing as E. Franklin Frazier. His 1932 Ph.D. dissertation was published as a book titled ''The Negro Family in the United States'' (1939); it analyzed the historical forces that influenced the development of the African-American family from the time of slavery to the mid-1930s. The book was awarded the 1940 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for the most significant work in the field of race relations. It was among the first sociological works on blacks researched and written by a black person.

In 1948 Frazier was elected as the first black president of the American Sociological Association. He published numerous other books and articles on African-American culture and race relations. In 1950 Frazier helped draft the UNESCO statement ''The Race Question.''

Frazier wrote a dozen books in his lifetime, including ''The Black Bourgeoisie'', a critique of the black middle class in which he questioned the effectiveness of African-American businesses to produce racial equality. Provided by Wikipedia
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