Analysis Of W. E. B. Du Bois's The Souls Of Black Folk

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In his book, The Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. Du Bois outlines his experience as an African American in the post war years. Du Bois chronicles his subsequent realization of the general issues facing the African American community during reconstruction. Using personal anecdotes and historical references, Du Bois attempts to paint a portrait of the struggles faced by African Americans. Du Bois is able to pinpoint key issues in the culture that inhibit democracy to fully reach the lives of the newly freed slaves. These political and cultural issues are translated as the overall themes presented in the book. Du Bois hopes that in drawing attention to these themes, the country will be able see the inherent deficiencies in the American system, …show more content…
Du Bois sprinkles his personal experience with racism thought the piece. Du Bois, recalls the first time he experienced racism, that is realized that people would treat him differently based on his race.
When trading cards with his peers, were in which a girl refused to exchange with him. De Bois recalls, “then it dawned upon me with a certain suddenness that I was different from the others;or like, mayhap, in heart and life and longing, but shut out from their world by a vast veil.” As a young man, Du Bois was angered by the “veil”, and set out to out do his white counter parts as a sign of rebellion. It was not until he was older, that Du Bois gained a fuller understanding of the veil, and its social implications. This exchange is but one of the many mentions of persistent racism throughout the piece. Historically, African Americans have faced discrimination from those who hold a position of power. This racism is entrenched in the societal belief, that African Americans are inherently a lesser race. Du Bois discusses this idea further in the chapter “Our Spiritual Strivings”, were he
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In discussing the political climate of reconstruction Du Bois refers to atrocities such as rape, murder, and lynching as acts of revenge against the freed slaves. Racism did not die with slavery, its simply evolved. During reconstruction, racism became entrenched within the American Political system. The subsequent failures of the Freedman’s Bureau expanded poverty amongst the African American community. This poverty would lead to racisms cousin, oppression. Were as African Americans were unable to fully enjoy the spoils of a democratic life such as suffrage, education, and land

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