The Souls of Black Folk

The Souls of Black Folk

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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.
Publisher: New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Penguin Books, 1996.
Copyright Date: ©1989
ISBN: 9780140189988
014018998X
Branch Call Number: 973.00496073 DuB
Characteristics: xxxviii, 247 pages ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Gibson, Donald B.

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lukasevansherman
Mar 18, 2019

Even if you haven't read this, you're probably familiar with at least two ideas from it: 1. that to be black in America is to be part of 2 worlds and to experience "double-consciousness" 2. that the "problem of the color-line" will define the 20th century. This is a book that all Americans should read, but my inadequate education neglected (Thanks public schools). Also see Frederick Douglass' "Narrative" and Booker T. Washington's "Up from Slavery."

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pattyskypants
Feb 18, 2017

GORGEOUS writing, much of which was brilliant.

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1aa
Sep 10, 2016

This is a very interestingly written book - at times passionate, indignant, wise, lyrical, and knowledgeable. Each of the constituent chapters usually has a theme: employment, education, kinship structures, religion, but they are not too narrowly focused: it hangs together as a book by painting a gradually more thorough image of African Americans a little over a century ago. Altogether edifying, and enjoyable too.

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phantomas
May 24, 2013

It is a seminal work in the history of sociology, and a cornerstone of African-American literary history.

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