An Analysis Of The Souls Of Black Folk By W. E. B. Dubois

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The eighteenth and nineteenth centuries were not a place of comfort for a man of color. W.E.B DuBois expresses this fact in his book The Souls of Black Folk; however, he does so through utilizing many unique writing styles. DuBois breaks his book down into different sections, each utilizing a new style of writing in order to signify the importance of black unity in order to combat the problem of the nineteenth century is none other than the “color-line.” The most prevalent styles out the large variety however are sociological, analytical, economic, and religious in origin; and through them DuBois conveys his messages concerning the “color-line” and need for African-American unity in an easily comprehensible manner, and in a way that touches …show more content…
Continuing on with the topic concerning African-Americans lack of knowledge on how America operates, DuBois turns to Booker T. Washington. Booker T. Washington was one of the staple black individuals of the time who also served as an advisor to presidents. The introduction of Booker T. Washington is what allows DuBois to segway into an economic viewpoint concerning why the “color-line” will be the problem of the nineteenth century, and why black unity is needed to excel. Unlike DuBois, Washington explicitly expresses that African-American should focus on achieving economic advantages and the accumulation of wealth, rather than striving to achieve political power, civil rights, or higher education. As DuBois expresses however, the downfall of this plan lies in the previously mentioned fact that black America does not understand the inner workings of the country. In a still racially divided America, the reality of another Booker T. Washington figuring arising, or the talented tenth theory succeeding purely through black business, or an African-American rising up through the ranks of white business seems highly unlikely. This rift in ideology does nothing but prolong black America 's’ success and fight for

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