Book: The Souls of Black Folk

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The Souls of Black Folk

W.E.B. Du Bois; Introduction and Chronology by Jonathan Scott Holloway, Dean of Yale College and the Edmund S. Morgan Professor of African American Studies, History, and American Studies

(Yale University Press)

This collection of essays by scholar-activist W.E.B. Du Bois is considered a masterpiece in the African-American canon. Du Bois, one of the most influential African-American leaders of the early 20th century, offers commentary on black history, racism, and the struggles of black Americans following emancipation. The author writes that “the problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color line,” and argues for the absolute necessity of moral, social, political, and economic equality. These essays on the black experience in America range from sociological studies of the African-American community to discourses on religion and “Negro music.”

A new introduction by Jonathan Holloway explores Du Bois’s accomplishments while helping readers to better understand his writings in the context of his time as well as ours.

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