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The Souls of Black Folk

Du Bois is referring to the historical arc of the black experience in the United States in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In 1863, Abraham Lincoln legally freed the slaves. This is...

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Throughout The Souls of Black Folk, W. E. B. Du Bois uses numerous literary devices. Among those he most commonly employs are metaphor, simile, idiom, and rhetorical question. Du Bois frequently...

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This quote by W.E.B. Dubois discusses the experience of duality in the African American. In essence, the African American lives two lives; one as a person living in the black community, and one as...

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In chapter 1 of The Souls of Black Folk, Du Bois makes this statement in the context of talking about the disappointment of black people in the United States over what has happened in the forty...

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The "vast veil" is what separates DuBois, as an African American man, from white society. The quote is from the first chapter of The Souls of Black Folk, DuBois's most famous work, published in...

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W.E.B. Du Bois had a number of individual points of criticism against Booker T. Washington, which he amply expressed in the essay "Of Mr. Booker T. Washington and Others" comprising the third...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2018, 2:12 am (UTC)

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In brief, yes, in W. E. Burghardt Du Bois’s Souls of Black Folk, "within the Veil" refers to the world of "black folk" and "without the Veil" refers to the world of white folk. In "The...

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In this first chapter, Du Bois lays out the broad outlines of what he says he will discuss in detail in later chapters. His goal is to lay out the "striving in the souls of black folk" so that...

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The Souls of Black Folk

The Soul of Black Folk is a 1903 work by African American sociologist, civil rights activist, and writer W. E. B. Du Bois. The work contains multiple essays on race and is viewed as a seminal piece...

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The "Negro problem" is characterized by Du Bois as a "veil" that separates black and white consciousness. Black citizens necessarily develop a "double consciousness" in US society in which their...

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“The Talented Tenth” is the second chapter of Du Bois 1903 book The Negro Problem. Du Bois like many of his African American contemporaries was concerned with full emancipation for African...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2009, 12:33 pm (UTC)

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In Chapter 6 of his enormously influential The Souls of Black Folk, W. E. B. Du Bois presents his argument for the importance of higher education if African Americans are going to overcome the...

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The previous posts were quite strong. The fundamental belief in the quote questions where the attempts for activism should lie. In an age of industry when economic progress helped to articulate...

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In the first mention, the "color-line" is, in context, framed as a social "problem," something to be solved through policy and mutual understanding. In context, DuBois published The Souls of Black...

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In chapter 7 of The Souls of Black Folk, Dubois describes his journey through Georgia, which included an area in a region known as the Black Belt. The Black Belt was originally used to describe a...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2018, 6:25 pm (UTC)

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As Du Bois discusses black churches throughout Chapter 10, he calls forth a few metaphors: First, the idea that an individual church's priests and committees are a government expresses the role of...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2016, 5:42 pm (UTC)

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At the beginning of this text, Du Bois describes how, as a small child, he was at first completely unaware that he was any different from the other children he went to school with. It was decided...

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As a child, Du Bois first becomes aware of racial difference and comes to realize that his race will lead to him being treated as inferior to his classmates. He first rebels against this...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2020, 8:02 pm (UTC)

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First, please note that I have expanded on the partial quotation that you put in this question. This gives us a better sense as to what Du Bois is actually saying. With that said, let us turn to...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2014, 9:21 pm (UTC)

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Du Bois’s The Souls of Black Folk (1903) addresses a white readership about what it means and how it feels to be a person of color in twentieth-century America. Indeed, the “ever unasked question”...

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Most chapters of The Souls of Black Folk begin not with songs but with extracts of poetry written by famous white people, such as Whittier or Elizabeth Barrett Browning. One chapter even opens with...

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The final sentence of Du Bois' story is significant on a couple of levels. In the final sentence, John has found a world that is "above" or "beyond" the "veil." Just like Du Bois' infant son who...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2013, 3:27 pm (UTC)

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It is certainly possible for a book to have more than one tone, and DuBois is at times scholarly, strident, argumentative, and elegaic in The Souls of Black Folk. Part of this is because the book...

Latest answer posted February 29, 2016, 8:54 pm (UTC)

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Du Bois uses the word problem frequently in this text to mean racism, which he calls the problem of the color line. Writing in 1900, though his words are as relevant 120 years later as they were...

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Dubois begins by praising the achievements of Booker T Washington, yet then notes he was not a perfect man, one criticism of him being that he counseled “submission,” and this “overlooked certain...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2007, 9:30 am (UTC)

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At the beginning of The Souls of Black Folk, W. E. B. Du Bois discusses his early childhood and the first occasion on which he realized that the life of a Black person was different from the life...

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"Of the Coming of John" appears in W.E.B. DuBois' The Souls of Black Folk; Essays and Sketches. The story tells of John, a young African American, who is able to gain an education. Given that...

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Du Bois had several goals in writing The Souls of Black Folk. At the dawn of a new century, he wanted to explain to white audiences what the experience of being a black person in America felt like....

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At an elementary level, “Of the Coming of John” is a short story in W. E. B. Du Bois’s classic work of literature The Souls of Black Folk. It is the only work of fiction in the collection; the rest...

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In the opening chapter of The Souls of Black Folk, W. E. B. Du Bois expresses that education is far more important for obtaining true freedom than even the right to vote. He states that,...

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W.E.B. DuBois introduced his seminal work The Souls of Black Folk with a passage that ended with a prescient remark. The "problem of the twentieth century," DuBois claimed, "is the problem of the...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2013, 1:59 pm (UTC)

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From what Du Bois says in Chapter 7, we can see that the "Black Belt" is a region in the deepest part of the South. Du Bois talks about it specifically when he is talking about Georgia. He...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2012, 2:53 pm (UTC)

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In The Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. Du Bois makes it clear that he and Booker T. Washington do not share the same position regarding the African-American pursuit of social equality. According to...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2008, 11:17 am (UTC)

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Du Bois makes several references to the "headless host" throughout this book. He does not elaborate on what exactly he means, but his suggestion that Booker T. Washington was a "Joshua" called to...

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The question of which written works should be excluded from the category of "literature" is a vexed one. Egalitarian critics would say that, since "Of Mr. Booker T. Washington and Others" is a...

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Chapter 10, entitled "Of the Faith of the Fathers," is one of the most famous in The Souls of Black Folk. In it, DuBois describes black Christianity, which he characterizes as "the social centre of...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2013, 2:31 pm (UTC)

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You can find a summary and analysis of chapters 1-6 in the eNotes study guide for this book, to which I've pasted a link below.The Souls of Black Folks is a collection of essays about African...

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The three most unique and perpetually relevant concepts to come out of W.E.B. Du Bois's The Souls of Black Folk are the following: double-consciousness, the veil, and the color line. The concept of...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2016, 10:29 am (UTC)

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Du Bois's The Souls of Black Folks documents how racism, what Du Bois calls the "color line," has infected all aspects of black lives and seeped into the black soul in destructive ways. Du Bois...

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The role of education is pivotal for Du Bois's radical vision of equality. He emphatically rejected Booker T. Washington's so-called Atlanta Compromise whereby African-Americans would be given...

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Du Bois uses the term double-consciousness only once in The Souls of Black Folk, defining it as: This sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by...

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In W.E.B. DuBois's seminal work, The Souls of Black Folk, the problem of the twentieth-century is, indeed, that of the "color-line." The phrase "the color-line" first appeared in an article called...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2016, 2:30 pm (UTC)

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W. E. B. Du Bois uses a vivid image to depict the storm and stress of day-to-day life in the modern era. He describes this as the time of "Sturm and Drang," or storm and stress in German. In the...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2021, 11:06 am (UTC)

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The fictional character of John Jones is used by DuBois to symbolize the development of racial consciousness among African Americans in the nineteenth century. At first, John is a naïve young man,...

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I think I would say that he feels kind of conflicted about the whole thing (or at least he has been in his life). He does not answer when people ask him the question, but he has been dealing with...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2010, 2:58 am (UTC)

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The main idea animating The Souls of Black Folk is that Black people must fight back against racism and injustice if they are going to save themselves. It is a resounding and heartfelt attack on...

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The Afterthought of W. E. B. Du Bois’s The Souls of Black Folk is a very short (98 words) epilogue to the book. The Afterthought has meaning on at least two levels. First, the Afterthought is a...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2015, 8:37 pm (UTC)

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This quote is found in Chapter I of The Souls of Black Folk. It is part of a passage where du Bois is lamenting the fact that much of white prejudice against blacks is unfounded. He says that...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2015, 8:54 pm (UTC)

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You can find a brief overview here. Also, previously questions have been asked and answered about the summaries for Chapter Three and Chapter Five.

Latest answer posted July 30, 2009, 3:04 am (UTC)

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This "vision" was really a promise made to freed African-American slaves during the Civil War. General Sherman, in Special Field Order No. 15, said that some 400,000 acres of land that...

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