The Souls of Black Folk

The Souls of Black Folk

Book - 1996
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First published in 1903, this eloquent collection of essays exposed the magnitude of racism in our society. The book endures today as a classic document of American social and political history: a manifesto that has influenced generations with its transcendent vision for change.
Publisher: New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Penguin Books, 1996
ISBN: 9780140189988
014018998X
Branch Call Number: 973.049 DUBOI
Characteristics: xxxviii, 247 pages ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Gibson, Donald B.

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LibPaul21978
Sep 02, 2019

Cited in "A Good American Family" and referenced in the Frederick Douglass Prophet of Freedom book. I believe Du Bois saw Frederick Douglass speak at a Conference in Charleston in about 1890 when Du Bois was only 18.

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lukasevansherman
Mar 18, 2019

Even if you haven't read this, you're probably familiar with at least two ideas from it: 1. that to be black in America is to be part of 2 worlds and to experience "double-consciousness" 2. that the "problem of the color-line" will define the 20th century. This is a book that all Americans should read, but my inadequate education neglected (Thanks public schools). Also see Frederick Douglass' "Narrative" and Booker T. Washington's "Up from Slavery."

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pattyskypants
Feb 18, 2017

GORGEOUS writing, much of which was brilliant.

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1aa
Sep 10, 2016

This is a very interestingly written book - at times passionate, indignant, wise, lyrical, and knowledgeable. Each of the constituent chapters usually has a theme: employment, education, kinship structures, religion, but they are not too narrowly focused: it hangs together as a book by painting a gradually more thorough image of African Americans a little over a century ago. Altogether edifying, and enjoyable too.

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phantomas
May 24, 2013

It is a seminal work in the history of sociology, and a cornerstone of African-American literary history.

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