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The Souls of Black Folk
by W. E. B. Du Bois | Philosophy
Registered by Amorae of Ottawa, Ontario Canada on 6/7/2003
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Journal Entry 1 by Amorae from Ottawa, Ontario Canada on Saturday, June 07, 2003

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William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (1868-1963) is the greatest of African American intellectuals--a sociologist, historian, novelist, and activist whose astounding career spanned the nation's history from Reconstruction to the civil rights movement. Born in Massachusetts and educated at Fisk, Harvard, and the University of Berlin, Du Bois penned his epochal masterpiece, The Souls of Black Folk, in 1903. It remains his most studied and popular work; its insights into Negro life at the turn of the 20th century still ring true.

With a dash of the Victorian and Enlightenment influences that peppered his impassioned yet formal prose, the book's largely autobiographical chapters take the reader through the momentous and moody maze of Afro-American life after the Emancipation Proclamation: from poverty, the neoslavery of the sharecropper, illiteracy, miseducation, and lynching, to the heights of humanity reached by the spiritual "sorrow songs" that birthed gospel and the blues. The most memorable passages are contained in "On Booker T. Washington and Others," where Du Bois criticizes his famous contemporary's rejection of higher education and accommodationist stance toward white racism: "Mr. Washington's programme practically accepts the alleged inferiority of the Negro races," he writes, further complaining that Washington's thinking "withdraws many of the high demands of Negroes as men and American citizens." The capstone of The Souls of Black Folk, though, is Du Bois' haunting, eloquent description of the concept of the black psyche's "double consciousness," which he described as "a peculiar sensation.... One ever feels this twoness--an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder." Thanks to W.E.B. Du Bois' commitment and foresight--and the intellectual excellence expressed in this timeless literary gem--black Americans can today look in the mirror and rejoice in their beautiful black, brown, and beige reflections.

Journal Entry 2 by Amorae at on Monday, June 30, 2003

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Released on Monday, June 30, 2003 at postal release in Postal release, Postal release Canada.

Book was sent to fellow BCer, nyneph, as a RABCK. :) Enjoy! 

Journal Entry 3 by nyneph from Mieres, Asturies/Asturias Spain on Wednesday, July 09, 2003

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Received today. Another one for my summer reading list. Thank you very much Tyressia! I'll think of you when I have a book for RABCK.  

Journal Entry 4 by nyneph from Mieres, Asturies/Asturias Spain on Thursday, June 09, 2005

9 out of 10

Happy coincidences, this book was on the reading list of one of my modules in college this year, so I finally got around to reading it. And it is really a very worthy read for anyone who wishes to know about African American culture, their early hopes and frustrations and how this can be traced forwards to the present. Knowledgeable, enjoyable; in short, thoroughly recommendable. 

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