Written with passionate conviction, The Souls of Black Folk was and is an eloquent attack on the complacency of those who see the struggle of African Americans as less than an urgent matter. Writing in 1903, W.E.B. DuBois predicted that "the problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color line." DuBois was right, and the issues outlined in his provocative essay, and his proposed solutions, still scream for our attention. Now is the perfect juncture to reread and reassess DuBois's classic work. In Reconsidering the Souls of Black Folk, noted journalists and commentators Playthell Benjamin and Stanley Crouch do precisely that. Taking very different -- and nuanced -- positions on DuBois and his life and thought, Crouch and Benjamin treat the reader to a duel of two of the wittiest pens in America. Here is a book that journalists and historians will relish, and that will appeal to all people of conscience.
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About the Author
Stanley Crouch is a columnist, novelist, essayist, and television commentator. He has served since 1987 as an artistic consultant at Lincoln Center and is a co-founder of the department known as Jazz at Lincoln Center. He is the author of Notes of a Hanging Judge and The Artificial White Man, among other titles. He lives in New York City. Never less than penetrating and controversial, Playthell Benjamin is a veteran columnist and critic whose work has appeared on many websites as well as in publications such as The World & I and the Village Voice.