What is the author's purpose and how does his point of view to the strength/weakness of black families

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Dubois states his purpose at the beginning when he states the  problem of the color line is the problem of the 20thC.  He offers ways to address that problem, the chief of which is to recognize the double consciousness of the black experience:  the "Negro is a sort of seventh son, born with a veil, and gifted with second-sight in this American world." Dubois hopes to lift that veil so that the double consciousness--of being Black, and therefore [as he sees it] deeply spiritual, and of being American and therefore [again as he sees it] materialistic--can merge into "one true consciousness."  Very radically he implies this will benefit the Negro and the white man, so that all people, black and white, will merge into a fused double consciousness:  he "simply wishes to make it possible for a man to be both a Negro and an American."

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