The Souls of Black Folk Chapters 7-10: Summary and Analysis

W. E. B. Du Bois

Chapters 7-10: Summary and Analysis

DuBois turns his attention to the turn of the twentieth century. He tries to measure blacks’ progress since emancipation and questions the infrastructure available for their progress. DuBois acknowledges that the nation has three competing attitudes about the progress of blacks. First, there is the ideal view of an equal world where democracy is universal and people of all races and persuasions cooperate for a higher, human good. Then there is the view that men were not created equal, and the black man is subordinate to the white man. Finally, and stemming from this second notion, is a viewpoint that many blacks have internalized, which suggests that society’s historic inequality was deserved, and...

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