The Souls of Black Folk Chapters 11-15: Summary and Analysis

W. E. B. Du Bois

Chapters 11-15: Summary and Analysis

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Son: DuBois’ infant son who dies not long after birth.

Alexander Crummell: A black priest denied worthy work for racial reasons.

John Jones: A black student ill-prepared for school but who is ultimately successful.

John (white John): A privileged and spoiled white peer of John Jones.

Summary
DuBois turns from an exploration of the freed slave’s external conditions and to the free black man’s spiritual struggles in the final chapters of The Souls of Black Folk. He begins with a personal story of spiritual struggle, recounting the time when his wife gave birth to a baby boy. DuBois dreamt that he could contain...

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