The Souls of Black Folk: Essays and Sketches

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A.C. McClurg & Company, 1907 - African Americans - 264 pages
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This release is in honor of the centennial of the publication of Du Bois's classic collection of writings on the experiences of the newly freed slaves after the Civil War. As in the print version ... Read full review

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One of my favorite books. W.E.B. Du Bois has done for the black community a service that can not be measured.

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Page 5 - One ever feels his twoness - an American. a Negro; two souls. two thoughts. two unreconciled strivings: two warring ideals in one dark body. whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.
Page 112 - Look not upon me, because I am black, Because the sun hath looked upon me...
Page 8 - What man dare, I dare: Approach thou like the rugged Russian bear, The arm'd rhinoceros, or the Hyrcan tiger; Take any shape but that, and my firm nerves Shall never tremble...
Page 15 - I ...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....
Page 4 - I had thereafter no desire to tear down that veil, to creep through; I held all beyond it in common contempt, and lived above it in a region of blue sky and great wandering shadows. That sky was bluest when I could beat my mates at examination-time, or beat them at a foot-race, or even beat their stringy heads.
Page 44 - In all things that are purely social we can be as separate as the fingers, yet one as the hand in all things essential to mutual progress.
Page 5 - After the Egyptian and Indian, the Greek and Roman, the Teuton and Mongolian, the Negro is a sort of seventh son, born with a veil, and gifted with second-sight in this American world, — a world which yields him no true self-consciousness, but only lets him see himself through the revelation of the other world.
Page 53 - Mr. Washington distinctly asks that black people give upv~ at least for the present, three things, — First, political power, Second, insistence on civil rights, Third, higher education of Negro youth, — and concentrate all their energies on industrial education, the accumulation of wealth, and the conciliation of the South.
Page 53 - This policy has been courageously and insistently advocated for over fifteen years, and has been triumphant for perhaps ten years. As a result of this tender of the palmbranch, what has been the return? In these years there have occurred: 1. The disfranchisement of the Negro. 2. The legal creation of a distinct status of civil inferiority for the Negro. 3. The steady withdrawal of aid from institutions for the higher training of the Negro.
Page 263 - Songs there breathes a hope — a faith in the ultimate justice of things. The minor cadences of despair change often to triumph and calm confidence. Sometimes it .is faith in life, sometimes a faith in death, sometimes assurance of boundless justice in some fair world beyond. But whichever it is, the meaning is always clear: that sometime, somewhere, men will judge men by their souls and not by their skins.

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