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

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This collection of essays by scholar-activist W. E. B. Du Bois is a masterpiece in the African American canon. Du Bois, arguably the most influential African American leader of the early twentieth century, offers insightful commentary on black history, racism, and the struggles of black Americans following emancipation. In his groundbreaking work, the author presciently writes that “the problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line,” and offers powerful arguments for the absolute necessity of moral, social, political, and economic equality. These essays on the black experience in America range from sociological studies of the African American community to illuminating discourses on religion and “Negro music,” and remain essential reading in our so-called “post racial age.” A new introduction by Jonathan Holloway explores Du Bois’s signature accomplishments while helping readers to better understand his writings in the context of his time as well as ours.

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W.E.B. Du Bois (1868-1963), writer, civil rights activist, scholar, and editor, is one of the most significant intellectuals in American history. A founding member of the NAACP, editor for many years of The Crisis and three other journals, and author of seventeen books, his writings, speeches, and public debates brought fundamental changes to American race relations.David Levering Lewis is Martin Luther King, Jr., University Professor in the department of history at Rutgers University. He won Pulitzer prizes for both volumes of his landmark biography of W.E.B. Du Bois, along with many other awards, including the Bancroft and Parkman prizes. He lives in Manhattan.
Published June 28, 2015 by Yale University Press. 241 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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What W. E. B. Du Bois cast as a problem is now the defining condition of modernity.

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Du Bois Institute at Harvard University, the Library of America has published in a single volume "The Suppression of the African Slave-Trade to the United States of America, 1638-1870," "The Souls of Black Folk," "Dusk of Dawn: An Essay Toward an Autobiography of a Race Concept" and many of Du Bo...

Jan 25 1987 | Read Full Review of The Souls of Black Folk