When it was first published in 1903, The Souls of Black Folk quickly established itself as a work that wholly redefined the history of the black experience in America, introducing the now-famous "problem of the color line." In the decades since its publication, its stature has only grown, and today it ranks as one of the most influential and resonant works in the history of American thought.
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"The Souls of Black Folk throws much light upon the complexities of the negro problem, for it shows that the key note of at least some negro aspiration is still the abolition of the social color line." (New York Times Book Review, April 1903; Books of the Century)
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"History of African Americans after Emancipation"
It is certainly in the top 5. I love "literature" and this surely classifies. It is definitely not a "beach read", because it requires concentration and thought.
Yes, but could not because it is chock full of information and the vocabulary is extensive. It requires one to listen and stop in order to take it all in.
Sorry I slept through history class, but this makes up for it.
"A book that must be read by everybody."
Well narrated but repeatedly Dubois was mispronounced. The author never used the French pronunciation of his name and he was very particular about this.
"Great insights into post-civil war America"
Yes, but I thought the reader made the book dry and hard to follow.
The crushing challenge of being black in the 2nd half of the 19th century.
More a documentary.
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