The Souls of Black Folk
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In 1903, sociologist W.E.B. Du Bois set out to describe the experience and position of African Americans living in the United States. Du Bois was a tireless writer and thinker, seeking an end to the racial inequality and other injustices that he saw around him. In The Souls of Black Folk, Du Bois details many aspects of African Americans' position in United States society four decades after the Emancipation Proclamation. Du Bois offers detailed descriptions, meticulously observed, of what made African American culture unique. He aimed to explain why differences between Americans of all colors had created painful and unnecessary divisions, making a powerful case for why African Americans had a place on equal footing with all citizens of the United States. This is a pivotal work of sociology, history, and American cultural thought, a landmark in its time and of continuing critical importance to this day.
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Opening Lines (Experimental)
Herein lie buried many things which if read with patience may show the strange meaning of being black here at the dawning of the Twentieth Century. This meaning is not without interest to you, Gentle Reader; for the problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color line. I pray you, ...Back to top
Reviewed by BeachGaBulldog on Jan 28, 2010
Great Writing From A Great African-American Scholar....
The writing by Du Bois is fantastic. His look back on black history is very informative and sad. There are times when I grew a little bored and confused by some of his writing, but overall this was time well spent.
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