Historical Context

All of the essays in The Souls of Black Folk were written around the turn of the century, a pivotal time in United States history in...

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Dualism and the Veil

In ‘‘Of Our Spiritual Strivings,’’ Du Bois makes reference to the experience of ‘‘double-consciousness,...

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Literary Style

The collection consists of fourteen chapters, an introduction, and an afterward. With one exception, each of the...

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Compare and Contrast

  • 1900: At least two thousand blacks are lynched or burned to death in the fifteen years prior to the turn...

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Topics for Further Study

  • Consider Du Bois' and Washington's assertions about educational opportunities for African Americans. Given recent controversy over...

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Media Adaptations

  • The Souls of Black Folk is available in the form of an e-book, available from Microsoft Reader.
  • The...

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What Do I Read Next?

  • Black Reconstruction is Du Bois' refutation of the traditional historical view of the contributions of African Americans...

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Bibliography and Further Reading

Du Bois, W. E. B. The Souls of Black Folk. Library of America, 1986, pp. 3-191.


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