The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois

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Date: Fall 2000
From: Teaching History: A Journal of Methods(Vol. 25, Issue 2)
Publisher: Emporia State University
Document Type: Book review
Length: 527 words

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David W. Blight & Robert Gooding-Williams, ed. The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois. Boston & New York: Bedford Books, 1997. Pp. xii, 287. Paper, $9.99; ISBN 0-312-09114-1.

The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois is the classic explanation of racial bifurcation in the United States. The book is about the twoness of being black, trying to take advantage of what is good in the status quo while at the same time taking advantage of not being part of the status quo. Du Bois points out that a veil covers the bifurcation.

Coping with injustice, whether real or perceived, is something all humans do. When Du Bois wrote, "The problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color line," he included everyone. The problem of...

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