The Souls of Black Folk, Paperback
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William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (1868-1963) is the greatest of African American intellectuals - a sociologist, historian, novelist, and activist whose astounding career spanned the nation's history from Reconstruction to the civil rights movement.

Born in Massachusetts and educated at Fisk, Harvard, and the University of Berlin, Du Bois penned his epochal masterpiece, "The Souls of Black Folk", in 1903.

It remains his most studied and popular work. Its insights into life at the turn of the 20th century still ring true.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages, music
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: History of the Americas
  • ISBN: 9780140189988



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Larsen describes him as "peppery," and I like that. He's civil, but he's quietly laying haymakers. It's an important book. To a depressing extent, when we talk about racial injustice these days, we're still repeating DuBois.<br/><br/>It is nonfiction - essays on the challenges Blacks face in the wake of the Civil War - so be aware, it's not like it's going to have a plot. I'm reading it one chapter at a time between other things; going straight through was making me miss some stuff.<br/><br/>The prologue, with the iconic question, "How does it feel to be a Problem?" and the confession that, looking at white folks, Du Bois sometimes wanted to just "beat their stringy heads," is worth the price of admission.

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