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In his integration of the Ethiopian past into Nile-valley history, W. E. B. Du Bois popularized a perspective that ran contrary to conventional wisdom. Du Bois’s Afrocentric interpretation, briefly postulated in his 1915 publication, The Negro, was to shape the scholarship of a generation. Even among mainstream Ethiopianists, to whom Du Bois had long remained anathema, his insight has finally gained a foothold. This essay demonstrates how the Du Boisian thesis has persisted on the fringes of Ethiopian studies, at times ignored and neglected, but always serving as a foil to Semitic Orientalism.