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by W. E. B. Du Bois

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What three specific ideas does Du Bois present in The Souls of Black Folk?

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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 "double-consciousness" is described in the first chapter, "Of Our Spiritual Strivings":

After the Egyptian and Indian, the Greek and Roman, the Teuton and Mongolian, the Negro is a sort of seventh son, born with a veil, and gifted with second-sight in this American world,--a world which yields him no true self-consciousness... It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one's self through the eyes of others, of measuring one's soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity (Du Bois 5).

Notice how he mentions all of the "races" and cultures known to have produced great civilizations. The Negro "is a sort of seventh son," a forgotten child whose own accomplishments go ignored. He uses, too, the modern term "Negro," when "colored"...

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