The Souls of Black Folk

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A thoughtful, articulate exploration of the moral and intellectual issues surrounding the perception of blacks within American society at the turn of the century In a very personal document, Du Bois examines the veiled nature of black life and black 'invisibility' within society. Believing that one can know the 'soul' of a race by knowing the souls of individuals, he seeks to establish the relations not only between blacks and whites but also among blacks themselves - rich and poor, educated and uneducated - by describing his own encounters, from his upbringing in a northern city through his days at college, to his journeys through the South. Throughout, Du Bois is concerned with the separation of the races, both literally, through segregation, and psychologically, through the attitudes of whites towards blacks. First published in 1903, Du Bois's book raised new questions and concerns; today, it remains an important document of American social and political history.

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The black experience is well documented in this work of fiction. Recommend. Leer comentario completo

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Everything one could ask out of older, classic Science Fiction - creative (trippy scifi), deep (makes you think), and intentional (story teaches a moral and/or asks us to look at our humanity ... Leer comentario completo

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Introduction
vii
Acknowledgments
xxxvi
Suggestions for Further Reading
xxxvii
The Forethought
1
Of Our Spiritual Strivings
3
Of the Dawn of Freedom
13
Of Mr Booker T Washington and Others
36
Of the Meaning of Progress
51
Of the Quest of the Golden Fleece
111
Of the Sons of Master and Man
133
Of the Faith of the Fathers
154
Of the Passing of the FirstBorn
169
Of Alexander Crummell
176
Of the Coming of John
184
The Sorrow Songs
202
The Afterthought
215

Of the Wings of Atlanta
63
Of the Training of Black Men
74
Of the Black Belt
91

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William Edward Burghardt Du Bois was born in 1868 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. A brilliant student and natural leader, he experienced little prejudice during his early years; it was while attending Fisk, a Southern university for Negroes, that the young Du Bois first fully awoke to the realities of race in America. His response was to make the cause of the black people his own. After graduation from Fisk, he earned his Ph.D. from Harvard, studied in Berlin, and become one of the great pioneer sociologists. In 1903, The Souls of Black Folk appeared. This prophetic masterpiece was but the beginning of a long, often lonely crusade that saw Du Bois forced into an increasingly radical position in his search for a solution to the American racial dilemma. His final years were marked by disillusionment with his native land, renunciation of his citizenship, and final self-exile in Ghana, where he died in 1963 at the age of ninety-five.

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