The Souls of Black Folk

The Souls of Black Folk

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Random House, Inc.
"The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line." Thus speaks W.E.B. Du Bois in The Souls Of Black Folk, one of the most prophetic and influental works in American literature. In this eloquent collection of essays, first published in 1903, Du Bois dares as no one has before to describe the magnitude of American racism and demand an end to it. He draws on his own life for illustration, from his early experiences teaching in the hills of Tennessee to the death of his infant son and his historic break with the conciliatory position of Booker T. Washington.

Far ahead of its time, The Souls Of Black Folk both anticipated and inspired much of the black conciousness and activism of the 1960's and is a classic in the literature of civil rights. The elegance of DuBois's prose and the passion of his message are as crucial today as they were upon the book's first publication.

Baker & Taylor
Personal recollections are included in the controversial 1903 work depicting the spirit, status, and problems of African Americans since emancipation

Blackwell North Amer
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 : Modern Library, 1996
Edition: Modern Library edition
ISBN: 9780679601876
0679601872
Branch Call Number: 973.0496 DUBOI
Characteristics: xxiv, 268 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Notes: Originally published: New York : Blue Heron, 1953

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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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