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The Souls of Black Folk

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W.E.B. Du Bois was the foremost black intellectual of his time. The Souls of Black Folk (1903), his most influential work, is a collection of fourteen beautifully written essays, by turns lyrical, historical, and autobiographical. Here, Du Bois records the cruelties of racism, celebrates the strength and pride of black America, and explores the paradoxical "double-consciousness" of African-American life. "The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color-line," he writes, prophesying the struggle for freedom that became his life's work.

For the first time, the authoritative editions of works by major American novelists, poets, scholars, and essayists collected in the hardcover volumes of The Library of America are being published singly in a series of handsome and durable paperback books. A distinguished author has contributed an introduction for each volume, which also includes a detailed chronology of the author's life and career, an essay on the choice of the text, and notes.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Synopsis:

Personal recollections are included in the controversial 1903 work depicting the spirit, status, and problems of black Americans since emancipation

Synopsis:

"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.

About the Author

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.

From the Hardcover edition.

Table of Contents

The forethought — Of our spiritual strivings — Of the dawn of freedom — Of Mr. Booker T. Washington and others — Of the meaning of progress — Of the wings of Atalanta — Of the training of black men — Of the black belt — Of the quest of the golden fleece — Of the sons of master and man — Of the faith of the fathers — Of the passing of the first-born — Of Alexander Crummell — Of the coming of John — The sorrow songs — The afterthought.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780553901764
Publisher:
Bantam Books
Subject:
Fiction-Classics
Author:
Bois, W. E. B. Du
Author:
Du Bois, W. E. B.
Author:
William Edward Burghardt Du Bois
Author:
Bois, William Edward Burghardt Du
Subject:
Fiction : Classics
Subject:
History
Subject:
Minority group studies
Subject:
Afro-americans
Subject:
Minority Studies
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
American - African American & Black
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
American - African American
Subject:
African American Studies-General
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
1903
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
192

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"Synopsis" by , Personal recollections are included in the controversial 1903 work depicting the spirit, status, and problems of black Americans since emancipation
"Synopsis" by , "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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