The Souls of Black Folk

The Souls of Black Folk

by W. E. B. Du Bois
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The Souls of Black Folk

Originally published in 1903, The Souls of Black Folk is a classic study of race, culture, and education at the turn of the twentieth century. With its singular combination of essays, memoir, and fiction, this book vaulted W. E. B. Du Bois to the forefront of American political commentary and civil rights activism. The Souls of Black Folk is an impassioned, at times searing account of the situation of African Americans in the United States. Du Bois makes a forceful case for the access of African Americans to higher education, memorably extols the achievements of black culture (above all the spirituals or 'sorrow songs'), and advances the provocative and influential argument that due to the inequalities and pressures of the 'race problem', African American identity is characterized by 'double consciousness'.

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ISBN-13: 9781602067202
Publisher: Cosimo
Publication date: 09/01/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.41(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction     vii
Note on the Text     xxiv
Select Bibliography     xxviii
A Chronology of W. E. B. Du Bois     xxx
The Souls of Black Folk     1
The Conservation of Races     179
The Talented Tenth     189
'Self-Review' and 'Fifty Years After'     206
Explanatory Notes     209

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