9780312091149

The Souls of Black Folk

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  • ISBN13:

    9780312091149

  • ISBN10:

    0312091141

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2/15/1997
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

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Summary

Originally published in 1903, The Souls of Black Folk is a classic study of race, culture, and education at the turn of the twentieth century. With its singular combination of essays, memoir, and fiction, this book vaulted W. E. B. Du Bois to the forefront of American political commentary and civil rights activism. The Souls of Black Folk is an impassioned, at times searing account of the situation of African Americans in the United States. Du Bois makes a forceful case for the access of African Americans to higher education, memorably extols the achievements of black culture (above all the spirituals or 'sorrow songs'), and advances the provocative and influential argument that due to the inequalities and pressures of the 'race problem', African American identity is characterized by 'double consciousness'. Book jacket.

Author Biography

David W. Blight is associate professor of history and black studies at Amherst College. He is the author of Frederick Douglass' Civil War: Keeping Faith in Jubilee (1989) and essays on abolitionism, the Civil War, and American historical memory. He is the editor of the Bedford edition of the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (1993).

Robert Gooding-Williams is George Lyman Crosby 1896 Professor of Philosophy and professor of black studies at Amherst College. He is the editor of Reading Rodney King/Reading Urban Uprising (1993) and the author of essays on Frederick Nietzxche, Du Bois, multiculturalism, and the representation of race in film.

Table of Contents

Foreword v
Preface vii
Introduction The Strange Meaning of Being Black: Du Bois's American Tragedy 1(30)
PART ONE The Document 31(190)
The Souls of Black Folk
33(163)
W. E. B. Du Bois
Notes on the text
196(25)
PART TWO Selected Photographs, Essays, and Correspondence 221(59)
Photographs
223(5)
Essays
228(28)
W. E. B. Du Bois
``The Conservation of Races,'' 1897
228(10)
``The Development of a People,'' 1904
238(16)
``The Souls of Black Folk,'' 1904
254(2)
Correspondence about The Souls of Black Folk, 1903-1957
256(24)
Ida B. Wells-Barnett to Du Bois, May 30, 1903
256(2)
Caroline Pemberton to Du Bois, December 12, 1903
258(2)
D. Tabak to Du Bois
260(1)
Du Bois to William James, June 12, 1906
261(1)
Hallie E. Queen to Du Bois, February 11, 1907
262(2)
W. D. Hooper to Du Bois, September 2, 1909, and Du Bois to W. D. Hooper, October 11, 1909
264(1)
Du Bois to Herbert Aptheker, February 27, 1953
265(2)
Langston Hughes to Du Bois, May 22, 1956
267(1)
APPENDICES
A Du Bois Chronology (1868-1963)
268(7)
Questions for Consideration
275(2)
Selected Bibliography
277(3)
Index 280

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