The Souls Of Black Folk By. B. Dubois And Between The World And Me

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The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Dubois and Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates both speak of the difficulties of being an African-American in the United States. Both works address the inequalities and hypocrisy of the American Government with its treatment of black people. Although the two authors have slight contrasting upbringings they share similarities in the topic of African American struggle and the journey towards progress. Both authors agree that education is the path to freedom and protection. Coates argues that teaching black people how to be strong, free and independent will prevent destruction of black bodies, Dubois argues that in order for black folk become aware of the veil and become empowered higher education is required.

Dubois is an important figure of civil rights and social commentary during the 20th century. He is a cofounder of the NAACP and one of the many social activists during his time. Dubois was born on the 23 of February 1868 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Dubois was well-educated, he attended Fisk University and earned his Bachelor 's Degree. Dubois proceeded to receive a Ph. D from Harvard University in 1895. After receiving his degrees Dubois began to write social works on racial topics. " The Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study(1899), marking the beginning of his expansive writing career. In the study, he coined the phrase "the talented tenth," a term that described the likelihood of one in 10 black men…

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