The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois
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The book is of curious warp and woof, and the poetical form of the title is the index to much of its content and phraseology.
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Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time

"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.
 

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David Roediger is Kendrick Babcock Professor of History at the University of Illinois (Urbana/Champaign). His books include The Wages of Whiteness and, as editor, Black on White.
 
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