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

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DuBois, W.E.B. The Souls of Black Folk in Three Negro Classics, John Hope Franklin, Editor. New York: Avon Books, 1999.

The Souls of Black Folk is an autobiography by W.E.B. DuBois. William Edward Burghardt DuBois (W.E.B.) was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. He is a very well-known civil rights activist, author, writer, and historian. DuBois attended Fisk University to obtain his bachelor’s degree and went on finish his graduate studies at the University of Berlin. He then became the first African American to obtain his Doctorate at Harvard University. DuBois is known for many accomplishments, but he had a strong passion and desire to fight for black rights. DuBois learned early in elementary school that others viewed him differently when he was
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This turning point encouraged DuBois to fight for his education, fight for his race, and be an example of success among blacks. He encouraged others to fight against the racial segregation that was taking place in the United States and demand equality of the races.
W.E.B. DuBois developed such a passion and drive for black equality that he published many essays and works that became very influential in his mission. The Souls of Black Folk is a compilation of DuBois’s essays that were written in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This became a work that set the tone for DuBois to begin advocating equality for blacks and taking action. One of the points argued in these essays is the disagreement DuBois has with the popular work of Booker T. Washington and his approach to black equality. While Booker T. Washington was an advocate that hard work and dedication is all blacks needed to focus on to succeed, DuBois was at the opposite side of the spectrum and
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