First published in 1903, this extraordinary work not only recorded and explained history, it helped to alter its course. Written after Du Bois had ...Show synopsisFirst 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". New introduction by Randall Kenan. Major school adoption title.Hide synopsis
The Souls of Black Folk (Penguin Books) – Trade paperback (1996)
W E B Du Bois, PH.D., Du Bois W E B, Donald B Gibson (Introduction by)
Trade paperback, Penguin Books 1996
ISBN: 014018998X ISBN-13: 9780140189988
William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (1868-1963) is the greatest of African American intellectuals - a sociologist, historian, novelist, and activist whose astounding career spanned the nation's history from Reconstruction to the civil rights movement. Born in Massachusetts and educated at Fisk, Harvard, and the University of Berlin, Du Bois penned his epochal masterpiece, "The Souls of Black Folk", in 1903. It remains his most studied and popular work. Its insights into life at the turn of the 20th century still ring true.William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (1868-1963) is the greatest of African American intellectuals - a sociologist, historian, novelist, and activist whose astounding career spanned the nation's history from Reconstruction to the civil rights movement. Born in Massachusetts and educated at Fisk, Harvard, and the University of Berlin, Du Bois penned his epochal masterpiece, "The Souls of Black Folk", in 1903. It remains his most studied and popular work. Its insights into life at the turn of the 20th century still ring true.Hide
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Du Bois, writing in 1903, takes issue with Booker T. Washington?s gradualist paradigm of addressing race inequality and calls instead for immediate equal rights, regardless of race or gender. The first African American to receive a PhD form Harvard claims that ?the problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color-line? (3). He seeks to examine this problem by explaining what Emancipation meant to the black community (I) and what it effected (II). He explicitly criticizes Washington?s vision (III) then uses his experience of teaching school in TN while a student at Fisk to illustrate the experience of ?life within the Veil? (of living as a black person in a white-dominated world) (IV), and (V-VI) the ideology of Atlanta University to challenge both the ideals of the Reconstruction approach to educating freedmen (that all should be pressed toward liberal arts University study for the advancement of the race?Du Bois proposes instead that training should match capacity and suggests that the dignity of common work is better prepared for by training specific to it), and the post-Reconstruction assessment of the failure of the project (its misconception, rather than the limitations of the black race, was the reason for the failure), contending that the black university should be to ?maintain the standards of popular education... seek the social regeneration of the Negro... help in the solution of problems of race contact and co÷peration.... [and] it must develop men? (80). He gives a tour of the Black Belt (VII-VIII) to help the reader understand the hard nature of life in black communities. He explores the way the (then) current condition of the black race is both the result of and contributor to racial prejudice, with a very fair assessment of both parties of the ?sons of master and man? (IX). He explores the way Negro religion both placates the status quo and urges for equality by speaking to the deep urges of the soul (X). In a painfully personal chapter he explores the death of his first child and realizes that he is somewhat glad the child has escaped the harsh realities of black life (XI). Du Bois concludes the book with a tribute to a mentor, in which he finds the triumph over the three hampers to black progress: Hate, Despair and Doubt (XII); a picture of racial repression in the face of nobel striving for betterment leading to a lynching (XIII); and a depiction of the black condition in Negro spiritual music (XIV).
This was beautifully written. Certainly he was describing the conditions of black people during his time, so it is a political/sociological treatise, but it was also almost poetic in places. I understand it was originally written as separate essays, but it flows beautifully. Well worth the read.
You must experience this book by reading it for the first time. I don't know how I left college without ever reading essential DuBois. The book is basically a snap shot of the historical events he witnessed, his observation and relations with people and commentary. The writing style AWESOME, complicated, and balanced, all at the same time.
What I can appreciate most is that the book is as much a guide on credit, debt, personal financial loss and charity, as it is on social and political science.
Shortly after the war the freedmen contributed $750,000 to their educational betterment, purchased land, started various business enterprises, and saved with the Freedmen's Bureau Bank. This showed incredible thrift on their part, a kind of thrift that can be admired even today.
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