As expressed in W. E. B. Du Bois's The Soul's of Black Folk, what role does Du Bois see for education? What were his own experiences as a teacher among emancipated Negroes? What role does he assign to leaders of Negro society?

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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, immediately following Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, the African American saw the right to vote as a "visible sign of freedom" and as the "chief means of gaining and perfecting the liberty with which war had partially endowed him" (Ch. I, para. 9). However, he also says that, as time progressed, the African American began to see that education, or "book-learning," was the true means of gaining freedom because education is the only true means of gaining equality with whites . He further argued that, though obtaining education is the longer and harder path, it is the only way to achieve new heights of equality, as he says in the following...

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