Essay about The Souls Of Black Folk

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In 1903, African Americans were fighting for the right to vote, the right to good education, and the right to be treated with equality. W.E.B DuBois wrote “The Souls of Black Folk” to demonstrate the life and time of African Americans in one of the most unequal time periods. He says that the biggest problem is the existing “color-line” that has been drawn between the white and black, setting up the society for inequality issues. He goes on to continue addressing the progress the African Americans make, the obstacles they seem to run into in the progress, and the possibilities for future trailblazing going into the century. DuBois made way for a lot of potential progress for the black community, working to found the NAACP as a civil rights activist, a public intellectual, writer, editor, historian and the first black sociologist.
W.E.B Du Bois coined the term double consciousness, explaining that it was the sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, struggling with the idea of seeing himself as both an African American and an American citizen since he could not have the best of both worlds. He uses the idea of double consciousness to characterize the problems with race in America. The African Americans had a harder time with this idea because they were not able to find their identity in a place where they could not be seen as equals.
Du Bois began each chapter with a sorrow song because he believed that it represented the black folk culture.…

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