The Souls of Black Folk: With "The Talented Tenth" and "The Souls of White Folk"

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Penguin, Apr 1, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
The landmark book about being black in America, now in an expanded edition commemorating the 150th anniversary of W. E. B. Du Bois’s birth and featuring a new introduction by Ibram X. Kendi, the National Book Award–winning author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America and How to Be an Antiracist
 
“The problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color-line.”
 
When The Souls of Black Folk was first published in 1903, it had a galvanizing effect on the conversation about race in America—and it remains both a touchstone in the literature of African America and a beacon in the fight for civil rights. Believing that one can know the “soul” of a race by knowing the souls of individuals, W. E. B. Du Bois combines history and stirring autobiography to reflect on the magnitude of American racism and to chart a path forward against oppression, and introduces the now-famous concepts of the color line, the veil, and double-consciousness.
 
This edition of Du Bois’s visionary masterpiece includes two additional essays that have become essential reading: “The Souls of White Folk,” from his 1920 book Darkwater, and “The Talented Tenth.”

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Contents

The Forethought
3
Of Our Spiritual Strivings
5
Of the Dawn of Freedom
14
Of Mr Booker T Washington and Others
34
Of the Meaning of Progress
48
Of the Wings of Atalanta
59
Of the Training of Black
69
Of the Black Belt
85
Of the Faith of the Fathers
142
Of the Passing of the FirstBorn
155
Of Alexander Crummell
161
Of the Coming of John
171
The Sorrow Songs
187
The Afterthought
199
THE TALENTED TENTH
201
THE SOULS OF WHITE FOLK
225

Of the Quest of the Golden Fleece
103
Of the Sons of Master and
123
Notes
244
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About the author (1996)

William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (1868–1963) was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, in 1868. He attended public schools there prior to attending Fisk University, where he received his BA degree in 1888. Thereafter he received a second BA degree, and an MA and PhD from Harvard. He studied at the University of Berlin as well. He taught at Wilberforce University and the University of Pennsylvania before going to Atlanta University in 1897, where he taught for many years. A sociologist, historian, poet, and writer of several novels, Du Bois was one of the main founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He was a lifelong critic of American society and an advocate of black people against racial injustice. He spent his last years in Ghana, where he died in exile at the age of ninety-five.

Ibram X. Kendi is the author of How to Be an Antiracist; the New York Times bestseller Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, for which he became the youngest ever winner of the National Book Award for Nonfiction; and The Black Campus Movement, which won the W. E. B. DuBois Book Prize. A professor of history and international relations and the founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University, he lives in Washington, DC.

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