The Souls of Black Folk (An African American Heritage Book) / Edition 1

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William Edward Burghardt Du Bois was an African American civil rights activist, leader, Pan-Africanist, sociologist, educator, historian, writer, editor, poet, and scholar. The importance of his work to the success of the Civil Rights movement cannot be overestimated.

"In the course of his long, turbulent career, W. E. B. Du Bois attempted virtually every possible solution to the problem of twentieth-century racism-scholarship, propaganda, integration, national self-determination, human rights, cultural and economic separatism, politics, international communism, expatriation, third world solidarity." -David Levering Lewis

The Souls of Black Folk propelled Du Bois to the forefront of the Civil Rights movement when it was first published. This hard hitting masterpiece is part essays, part memoir, and part fiction. More than any other book it brought home just how racist and unjust America could be, and demanded that African Americans be granted access to education and equality.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604592139
  • Publisher: Wilder Publications
  • Publication date: 1/17/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 116
  • Sales rank: 642,625
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted September 26, 2011

    Highly Recommend

    Very good book I read the book in college, and the second time I get a better understanding of Du Bois.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    One of the most direct writings from the black community

    This book "rocked my socks" from page one. DuBois writes, not as a victim of society, but as the proud member of an advanced society. He describes the "ways" -- the culture, society, beliefs, traditions, songs, meanings, faith, strengths, and hopes of African American people. He sets many misbeliefs right. He corrects many wrong impressions. He speaks the unspoken for the silent. This powerful book gave permission to a culture, validations for success in education, and political rise to the civil rights movements after his death. A graduate of Harvard and a founder of universities and the NAACP, DuBois is an "intellectual engine" for his generation. I found this book of essays a profound and important keystone in American history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2006

    The Essential Directive of Black History

    For some who don't grasp Black History it may seem tedious or slow in understanding. This early account of Black History is powerful in it's ability to guide the reader through the hows and whys of the struggle and why the struggle continues today. DuBois gives the reader an understanding of the roots of why America will never gain it's greatest strength until it releases it's bloody grip from the neck of a people who suffered to show it how to love. Even then he said that the problem of race and seperation will have to be discussed openly, honestly, and dealt with for us to grow as a healthy nation and world.

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    Posted August 20, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    Love it

    Great book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2007

    Must read (or listen to)

    Yes, DuBois had an eloquent writing style and it may be difficult to get through all the elegance of his style and the times. But the information presented is a MUST. I listened to the audiobook. It is/was fascinating and makes me want to read more of Black History.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2004

    great book

    A Must read to understand the pass

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2002

    THE SOUL OF A BLACK MAN MANIFESTED IN WORDS

    A highly recommended book for all blacks to read, it is a must, Mr. Dubois speaks from the soul and manifest what is in the minds of most black 'folks'. Speaks on the conditions of slavery and its effects on an entire people. All whites and republicans should read this novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2000

    A student review

    W.E.B. DuBois was a pioneer of African American literature and thought. This book of essays will Make you rethink the progress and status of African Americans throughout America's history, and will help you understand and sympathize much more. this book has some disturbing anti-semiotic passages in it. I find it strange that DuBois can so effectively and reasonably argue for the equality of African-Americans while so irrationally claims such anti-Semitic comments. Except for this problem, (which should not be overlooked), the book is very important and powerful, and it did and continues to do a lot for the advancement of African-Americans in the US. It is sort of like a guide for an African America who is lost and does not really understand who he is. DuBios presents his information in a chronological and straightforward manner. I would recommend this book to truth seekers and soul searchers!

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