Essay on Summary Of ' The Souls Of A Black Folk '

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Emancipation of The African Race
In one of the most celebrated book of the 20th century, W.E.B Du Bois in is his book ‘The Souls of a Black Folk’ writes that ‘The problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color-line’ (Du Bois, 1903). It is from this book that the reader understands how slavery ravaged Africa and implanted its inhabitants in different parts of the American continent. The premise of the advent and the adverse effects of it to the African continent were based on the inferiority of the African person. Slavery laid the foundation for economic growth and global domination based on white superiority. Years of servitude and degradation of the African person resulted in both races having a lasting imprint of superiority or inferiority.
Liberation of the Africans from slavery and servitude took root after the American civil war (1861 to 1865) ushering in the reconstruction era led by President Abraham Lincoln popularly referred to as the Great Emancipator. According to Michael (1998), amendments were done to the constitution to grant a wider range of civil rights to all people of the United States and unite them under one federal government. The reconstruction era amendments gave liberal rights to the African American, which led them to vote, pursue education and seek public office. The 13th amendment had fully abolished slavery, and the 15th Amendment gave African Americans the right to vote (Michael 1998). The reconstruction period marked another…

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