The Souls of Black Folk
by W.E.B. Du Bois
- A Top 10 Book in the “Nonfiction Books from the 20th Century” Category
- Voted #47 of the Top 100 Books of the 20th Century
- 12 Time AALBC.com Bestselling Book!
Publication Date: May 20, 1994
List Price: $1.00
Format: Paperback, 176 pages
Imprint: Dover Publications
Publisher: Dover Publications
Parent Company: Dover Publications
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Originally published in 1903, The Souls of Black Folk is a classic study of race, culture, and education at the turn of the twentieth century. With its singular combination of essays, memoir, and fiction, this book vaulted W. E. B. Du Bois to the forefront of American political commentary and civil rights activism. The Souls of Black Folk is an impassioned, at times searing account of the situation of African Americans in the United States. Du Bois makes a forceful case for the access of African Americans to higher education, memorably extols the achievements of black culture (above all the spirituals or 'sorrow songs'), and advances the provocative and influential argument that due to the inequalities and pressures of the 'race problem', African American identity is characterized by 'double consciousness'. First published in 1903, this extraordinary work not only recorded and explained history, it helped to alter its course. Written after Du Bois had earned his Ph.D. from Harvard and studied in Berlin, these 14 essays contain both the academic language of sociology and the rich lyrics of African spirituals, which Du Bois called "sorrow songs."
- Literary Collections / General
- Literary Criticism / American / African American
- Social Science / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies
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