The Souls of Black Folk: Essays and Sketches

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A. C. McClurg & Company, 1903 - African Americans - 264 pages

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this book is an excellant study. My eyes have been opened to the struggles of blacks from slavery to our current state of the nation. I am encouraged that we have come a long way, but there is so much ground left to cover.W.E.Du bois is a visionary that at writing of this master peice,wanted more than two acres and a mule. He wanted economic and educational power inwhich we are experiencing some of it today. Thankyou W.E.Du bois. 



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Page 110 - OF THE BLACK BELT 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. THE
Page 188 - and unreasoning drawing of the color-line indefinitely without discouragement and retrogression. And the condition of the Negro is ever the excuse for further discrimination. Only by a union of intelligence and sympathy across the color-line in this critical period of the Republic shall justice and right triumph, — " That mind and soul according well, May make one music as before, But vaster.
Page 215 - OF ALEXANDER CRUMMELL Then from the Dawn it seemed there came, but faint As from beyond the limit of the world, Like the last echo born of a great cry, Sounds, as if some fair city were one voice Around a king returning from his wars. TENNYSON.
Page 88 - VI OF THE TRAINING OF BLACK MEN Why, if the Soul can fling the Dust aside, And naked on the Air of Heaven ride, Were't not a Shame — were't not a Shame for him In this clay carcase crippled to abide
Page 5 - thought to see in one divine event the end of all doubt and disappointment; few men ever worshipped Freedom with half such unquestioning faith as did the American Negro for two centuries. To him, so far as he thought and dreamed, slavery was indeed the sum of all villainies, the cause of all sorrow, the root of all
Page 4 - his double self into a better and truer self. In this merging he wishes neither of the older selves to be lost. He would not Africanize America, for America has too much to teach the world and Africa.
Page 261 - one that heads this chapter, of one line of which Thomas Wentworth Higginson has fittingly said, "Never, it seems to me, since man first lived and suffered was his infinite longing for peace uttered more plaintively." The second and third are descriptions of the Last Judgment, — the one a late improvisation, with some traces of outside
Page 206 - For White People Only." XI OF THE PASSING OF THE FIRST-BORN O sister, sister, thy first-begotten, The hands that cling and the feet that follow, The voice of the child's blood crying yet, Who hath remembered me 1 who hath forgotten
Page 109 - condescension. So, wed with Truth, I dwell above the Veil. Is this the life you grudge us, O knightly America? Is this the life you long to change into the dull red hideousness of Georgia ? Are you so afraid lest peering from this high Pisgah, between Philistine and Amalekite, we sight the Promised Land?
Page 75 - OF THE WINGS OF ATALANTA O black boy of Atlanta ! But half was spoken ; The slave's chains and the master's Alike are broken; The one curse of the races Held both in tether ; They are rising — all are rising — The black and white together.