The Souls of Black Folk
by: W.E.B. DuBois
First published in 1903, it has been heralded as setting the
cornerstone for African-American protest literature. These essays
established W.E.B. DuBois as an intellectual who posited meritorious questions
regarding the treatment of black Americans, the failings of post Civil War
society and regarding the tragic betrayal of the freed slaves--by the Union. The
unfulfilled promise of 40 acres and a mule, resound amid the racism, inequality,
poverty and degradation of turn of the century America.
DuBois' passionate reason instills in me, a white man, with an unequivocal
repugnance for the injustice that has been inflicted on men of a
different color, simply because they were black. One cannot read this book
without being left with a respect for DuBois' intellect and his humanity.
Posted October 1, 2004
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