The Souls of Black Folk

The Souls of Black FolkWilliam Edward Burghardt Du Bois Was An African American Civil Rights Activist, Leader, Pan Africanist, Sociologist, Educator, Historian, Writer, Editor, Poet, And Scholar The Importance Of His Work To The Success Of The Civil Rights Movement Cannot Be Overestimated In The Course Of His Long, Turbulent Career, W E B Du Bois Attempted Virtually Every Possible Solution To The Problem Of Twentieth Century Racism Scholarship, Propaganda, Integration, National Self Determination, Human Rights, Cultural And Economic Separatism, Politics, International Communism, Expatriation, Third World Solidarity David Levering Lewis The Souls Of Black Folk Propelled Du Bois To The Forefront Of The Civil Rights Movement When It Was First Published This Hard Hitting Masterpiece Is Part Essays, Part Memoir, And Part Fiction More Than Any Other Book It Brought Home Just How Racist And Unjust America Could Be, And Demanded That African Americans Be Granted Access To Education And Equality.

In 1868, W.E.B Du Bois William Edward Burghardt Du Bois, pronounced doo boyz was born in Massachusetts He attended Fisk College in Nashville, then earned his BA in 1890 and his MS in 1891 from Harvard Du Bois studied at the University of Berlin, then earned his doctorate in history from Harvard in 1894 He taught economics and history at Atlanta University from 1897 1910 The Souls of Black

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  • Hardcover
  • 114 pages
  • The Souls of Black Folk
  • W.E.B. Du Bois
  • English
  • 19 October 2018
  • 9781604592146

10 thoughts on “The Souls of Black Folk

  1. says:

    While reading Ta Nehisi Coates Between the World and Me, I asked myself whether any other book offered such penetrating insight into the black experience in equally impressive prose The first name that came to me was The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B Du Bois The Souls of Black Folk was published in 1903, and just as the two directions of black leadership in the tumultuous 60 s and 70 s were symbolized by Martin and Malcolm, the two directions at the turn of the last century a period punctuated by lynchings and race riots were embodied in Booker T Washington and W.E.B DuBois Washington, born a slave in the South, urged blacks, at least for the present, to accept Jim Crow and disenfranchisement in return for safety and peace, while they concentrated on attending trade schools and developing and demonstrating to white society their integrity and character White society praised Washington Theodore Roosevelt invited him to dinner at the White House W.E.B DuBois, born free in the North, insisted on the vote and full civil rights, and encouraged the development of bl...

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    I am black but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem,As the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon.Look not upon me, because I am black,Because the sun hath looked upon me My mother s children were angry with me They made me the keeper of the vineyards But mine own vineyard have I not kept. Song of Solomon 1 5 6 KJVBright Sparkles in the Churchyard These are the lyrical and musical epigraphs preceding chapter seven The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line, the relation of the darker to the lighter races of men in Asia and Africa, in America and the islands of the sea. This is going to be a hard book to review well That is because of how well rounded and layered this book is at examining African American life There is much in this book that has made it so special This book is to modern sociology what The Interpretation of Dreams was for psychology In this book W.E.B Du Bois offered one of the most complete studies of African American life, history, politics, and culture No book has really been able to over shadow its relevance and its timelessness It was written by the first Black man to earn a Harvard University doctorate degree The book was published in 1903, a generation removed from slavery in the United States, yet it is s...

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    Man, this guy can preach I opened The Souls of Black Folk 1903 and found myself ten years old watching Ken Burns s The Civil War with my dad, dumbstruck by Morgan Freeman s readings of mighty polemical passages from Frederick Douglass The whole land seems forlorn and forsaken Here are the remnants of the vast plantations of the Sheldons, the Pellots, and the Rensons but the souls of them are passed The houses lie in half ruin, or have wholly disappeared the fences have flown, and the families are wandering in the world Strange vicissitudes have met these whilom masters Yonder stretch the wide acres of Bildad Reasor he died in war time, but the upstart overseer hastened to wed the widow Then he went, and his neighbors too, and now only the black tenant remains but the shadow hand of the master s grand nephew or cousin or creditor stretches out of the gray distance to collect the rack rent remorselessly, and so the land is uncared for and poor Only black tenants can stand such a system, and they only because they must Ten miles we have ridden to day and have seen no white face.You can also hear Emerson in the tough eloquence, in the tone of terse King James vigor tha...

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    The Nation has not yet found peace from its sins the freedman has not yet found in freedom his promised land W.E.B Du Bois I seem to be reading backward in time, not universally, I ve read slave narratives and I ve read Frederick Douglass, but mostly I ve read about race backwards I immersed myself in Coates, King, and Baldwin, and now Du Bois Certainly, Booker T must be next.I loved the book and how Du Bois danced between a sociological and cold examination of slavery, share cropping economics, home life, racism, etc., and flipped into an almost lyrical hymn about being black at the end The chapter on his dead son Chapter 11 moved me to tears, but so too did the chapter on Alexander Crummell Chapter 12 and the chapter on the two Johns Chapter 13 These chapters rang for me like good poetry and lyrical storytelling always does But Du Bois is also sharp He delves into the issues of the Freedmen s Bureau Chapter 2 , critiques Booker T s limited vision for his people Chapter 3 , and addresses his thesis that the blacks of the South...

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    W.E.B Du Bois was many things pioneering social scientist, historian, activist, social critic, writer and, most of all, a heck of a lot smarter than me I say this because, while reading these essays, I had the continuous, nagging feeling of mental strain, which I found hard to account for There is nothing conceptually difficult about his arguments in fact, most are quite straightforward Although his sentences do twist and turn, they re not nearly as syntactically knotty as other authors that I have waded through So what was it I have decided that it is Du Bois s broadness and versatility which made The Souls of Black Folk so exhausting for me His writing style is poetic, in that every sentence carries with it multiple shades of meaning His social advocacy is rendered in prose dense with Biblical echoes and classical allusions his vignettes push forwards with the emotional weight of a sermon, but are couched in the learned style of a professor his arguments are never dry, never sterile, but always proffered with full consciousness of their significance to the lives of real people.What I find especially impressive about Du Bois is his self assurance In some older American authors such as Melville, Thoreau,...

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    This is really not the book I thought it was going to be I thought this would be a or less dry book of sociology discussing the lives of black folk in the US you know a few statistics, a bit of outrage, a couple of quotes, some history, but all written in a detached academic style It isn t like that at all, although there are bits of it that are written exactly like that Du Bois has been one of those people that I ve been seeing about the place for some time now There is an extensive discussion of his work in WJT Mitchell s Seeing Through Race and in a few of the books on racism in the US I ve read But again, I really thought what he did was straight sociology This book, I suspect his most famous, is really anything but straight sociology It is strikingly well written It uses a variety of forms there s even a short story and, given the book is so short, you should probably just read it rather than my review What I was most interested in this book for to see what he had to say about double consciousness I m utterly fascinated by this idea and it is, I believe, one of the key ideas that people like Goffman have taken from du Bois So, the genealogy runs from du Bois, through Goffman to people like Claude Steele and their work on the presentation of self, stigma and stereotype threat Double consciousness is the idea that being black means h...

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    There is such beautiful writing here Some of it is full of hope He arose silently, and passed out into the night Down toward the sea he went, in the fitful starlight, half conscious of the girl who followed timidly after him When at last he stood upon the bluff, he turned to his little sister and looked upon her sorrowfully, remembering with sudden pain how little thought he had given her He put his arm about her and let her passion of tears spend itself on his shoulder.Long they stood together, peering over the gray unresting water John, she said, does it make every one unhappy when they study and learn lots of things He paused and smiled I am afraid it does, he said And, John, are you glad you studied Yes, came the answer, slowly but positively.She watched the flickering lights upon the sea, and said thoughtfully, I wish I was unhappy, and and, putting both arms about his neck, I think I am, a little, John Some is filled with despair It was several days later that John walked up to the Judge s house to ask for the privilege of teaching the Negro school The Judge himself met him at the front door, stared a little hard at him, and said brusquely, Go roun...

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    Perhaps your education was different, but I don t think it s a coincidence that when I look back at which prominent African Americans were taught in my elementary school history classes, Booker T Washington featured prominently while W.E.B Du Bois was never mentioned at all Reading The Souls of Black Folk, it s easier to see why Washington was the advocate of conciliation, arguing that African Americans suffering in the ashes of failed Reconstruction should set aside their desire for equality in order to focus on industrial education trade schools, in other words Du Bois not only rejected this argument, he did so forcefully, and in The Souls of Black Folk, he indicts not only Washington for upholding an unjust and oppressive system of racism, but he indicts white American at large.Published in 1903, Souls is less a focused treatise and a collection of essays, many of them previously appearing in magazines throughout the country As a result, Du Bois tone ranges from clinical and academic, as in...

  9. says:

    Speaks The Truth To PowerIn 1903, two years after Booker T Washington s autobiography, Up from Slavery An Autobiography , W.E.B Du Bois published The Souls of Black Folk , a series of essays which today most consider a seminal work in African American Sociology literature Du Bois view of race relations in American at the dawn of the 20th century was clear, critical and deeply profound.Throughout the fourteen chapters Du Bois uses a metaphor, the veil, with considerable deftness the Negroborn with a veilgifted with second sightdouble consciousness, this sense of always looking at one s self through the eyes of others Du Bois shares his thoughts on Emancipation the Post Emancipation era, there was scarcely a white man in the South who did not honestly regard Emancipation as a crime and its practical nullification as a duty In other chapters he...

  10. says:

    Read this in college a while ago Loved it Changed the way I think It was the first time I was introduced to the concepts of the veil and double consciousness My mind was blown.

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