The Souls of Black Folk

The Souls of Black Folk

Introduction by: Donald B. Gibson
Notes by: Monica E. Elbert

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  • ISBN 9781101078143
  • 288 Pages
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"The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line," wrote W.E.B. Du Bois in The Souls of Black Folk, one of the most prophetic and influential works in American literature. 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 of change.
   John Edgar Wideman observed: "Like Freud’s excavations of the unconscious, Einstein’s revelations of the physical universe, Marx’s exploration of the economic foundations of social organization, Du Bois’s insights have profoundly altered the way we look at ourselves."
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Table of Contents

Introduction by Donald B. Gibson
Suggestions for Further Reading


The Forethought

I. Of Our Spiritual Strivings
II. Of the Dawn of Freedom
III. Of Mr. Booker T. Washington and Others
IV. Of the Meaning of Progress
V. Of the Wings of Atalanta
VI. Of the Training of Black Men
VII. Of the Black Belt
VIII. Of the Quest of the Golden Fleece
IX. Of the Sons of Master and Man
X. Of the Faith of the Fathers
XI. Of the Passing of the First-Born
XII. Of Alexander Crummell
XIII. Of the Coming of John
XIV. Of the Sorrow Songs

The Afterthought
Notes by Monica M. Elbert

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