W.E.B. Du Bois titled his book The Souls of Black Folks because it discusses issues that black people face, how they see themselves, and his hope that they will be judged by their souls rather than their race. Each of these concepts tie in to the deeper issue of how black people see themselves and experience life in America.
Du Bois opens his book by explaining at least part of its purpose, saying: "Herein lie buried many things which if read with patience may show the strange meaning of being black here at the dawning of the Twentieth Century." He goes on to explain the issues facing black people in post-Civil War America. Du Bois discusses the right to vote, the lack of equality, and the desire for education.
Du Bois is in favor of education, not only because it will help create leaders and people who can guide the black community, but also because it will feed their souls. He writes:
The industrial school springing to notice in this decade, but coming to full recognition in the...
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