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The Souls of Black Folk (1903)

av W. E. B. Du Bois

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Serier: Signet Classic (CE1674)

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"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.… (mer)
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As February is Black History Month, I wanted to read something about this subject. I looked through my TBR shelves, and I found a couple of books that fit. I picked The Souls of Black Folk because I had it since 2007, and I thought it was about time to read.
I believe it is a book that you need to listen to through the audio format; I found two narrators. The truth is my book includes music and songs.
I am not big on non-fiction books, especially books that written in essay format. It reminds me of school and college.
This book expanded my knowledge of African-American history and sociology. Yes, I studied American history a long time ago, and I know about the Civil War between the north and the south of the United States. I watched movies like Roots, 12 Years a Slave, and The Butler. This book makes you think about how people used and still treat one of the most important democracies in the world.
In this piece of literature, you also learn Du Bois' biography. I am happy that I picked up this book. ( )
  AvigailRGRIL | Nov 4, 2020 |
DNF @ 25%; I had to return the library book after reading the first three essays. I will come back to finish the rest at some point. This is a series of important essays, and I want to understand the history Du Bois explores in them better.
  ca.bookwyrm | Oct 22, 2020 |
W. E. B. Du Bois’ The Souls of Black Folk takes an in-depth look at slavery in America in the 19th century. It is composed of a collection of articles that Du Bois wrote for various publications. These articles touched on the sociological, historical, psychological, and economic aspects of slavery. Du Bois explored the lives of slaves on the plantations, their daily work, abuses by their masters, and spiritual underpinnings.
Much of the author’s attention was focused on the necessity of Blacks receiving a proper education. It was hoped that through such knowledge in black institutions Blacks would be able to raise themselves out of this malaise. But a great deal of Du Bois’ speculations depended on if the white slave holders would embrace these goals. He however criticized Booker T. Washington for some of his policies concerning the black people he led. Washington didn’t have blacks concerned about the role of a political life in America. He was committed to an industrial education and acting in a condescending manner in white society that Du Bois saw as negatives of his character.
Du Bois introduced each chapter of this book with lyrics from a Negro spiritual. He explained that singing such spirituals gave black slaves hope concerning the abolition of slavery, and the dawn of freedom. The black churches scattered throughout the length and breadth of the America served as their community, the center of social activities, and institutions of hope. These religious institutions provided for a much needed spiritual education that was lacking in the black schools that were dilapidated. All in all, the book presented an appalling spectacle of the evils of slavery. And it was quite different in tone from Booker T. Washington’s Up From Slavery that had a more positive spin. ( )
  erwinkennythomas | Jul 28, 2020 |
This is a tricky book to rate and review, because it’s not meant to be read for pleasure or entertainment. Anything I could say about it would sound vapid. Suffice it to say it is one of many books that is more relevant today than it should be. We have a long way to go. ( )
  rabbitprincess | Jul 4, 2020 |
Rated: B
Du Bois wrote 10 essays the bring to light the reality of black society primarily in the deep South at the turn of the 20th century. His revelation of "double consciousness" still rings true today.

"One ever feels his twoness,—an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder. The History of the American Negro is the history of this strive-this longing to attain self-conscious manhood, to merge his double self into a better and truer self. He simply wishes to make it possible for a man to be both a Negro and an American, without being cursed and spit upon by his fellows, without having the doors of Opportunity closed roughly in his face." ( )
  jmcdbooks | May 26, 2020 |
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"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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