The Souls of Black Folk

The Souls of Black Folk

Authoritative Text, Contexts, Criticism

Book - 1999
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Baker & Taylor
Personal recollections are included in the controversial 1903 work depicting the spirit, status, and problems of black Americans since emancipation.

Norton Pub
This collection of essays on African American history, culture, and society probes fundamental issues of race and justice and documents Du Bois’s conviction that the "soul" of the black community must be preserved and revered. The text reprinted here is that of the first book edition (1903)."Contexts" presents a fascinating collection of political and biographical documents related to the text. Also included are eighteen photographs that accompanied Du Bois’s 1901 article "The Negro As He Really Is.""Criticism" offers thirteen contemporary and recent assessments of Du Bois and Souls, rounding out the picture of this enduring work.
When it was published in 1903, The Souls of Black Folk revolutionized thinking about the experience of African Americans in the United States.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c1999
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393973938
039397393X
Characteristics: xli, 374 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Gates, Henry Louis Jr
Oliver, Terri Hume

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lukasevansherman
Mar 18, 2019

Even if you haven't read this, you're probably familiar with at least two ideas from it: 1. that to be black in America is to be part of 2 worlds and to experience "double-consciousness" 2. that the "problem of the color-line" will define the 20th century. This is a book that all Americans should read, but my inadequate education neglected (Thanks public schools). Also see Frederick Douglass' "Narrative" and Booker T. Washington's "Up from Slavery."

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pattyskypants
Feb 18, 2017

GORGEOUS writing, much of which was brilliant.

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1aa
Sep 10, 2016

This is a very interestingly written book - at times passionate, indignant, wise, lyrical, and knowledgeable. Each of the constituent chapters usually has a theme: employment, education, kinship structures, religion, but they are not too narrowly focused: it hangs together as a book by painting a gradually more thorough image of African Americans a little over a century ago. Altogether edifying, and enjoyable too.

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phantomas
May 24, 2013

It is a seminal work in the history of sociology, and a cornerstone of African-American literary history.

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