Analysis Of The Souls Of Black Folk By W. E. B. Du Bois

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The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B Du Bois The Souls of Black Folk, written by W.E.B Du Bois, is a passionate story that takes you through his life and struggles as an African American man. This book is a great representation of historic American literature. His main topic shows his emotions and opinions of race and the problems that came with it, including those of other African Americans. Another major topic was Emancipation, for this story takes place during the Emancipation of 1865 to about 1903. He also talks about the ways to improve the hard times they endured and how he believed that things would always be difficult for the black man because of the color line. After the Emancipation of 1865, the African Americans were free from slavery. …show more content…

He believed that things would never truly be equal due to the color line, or as he referred to it, “the veil”. Despite American’s efforts to assist slaves in the transition to a free black American citizen, they just did not feel accepted. The Freedmen’s Bureau was set up in hopes that this would ease the transition but it didn’t help. This relates back to “the veil” the Du Bois refers to. The veil represents the African American’s feelings of inequality and inability to mesh with the white American citizens. However, the black citizens weren’t the only ones having trouble adjusting. The white citizens still looked at African Americans as “different” because of the color of their skin. Laws known as the Black Codes still restricted African Americans. These laws were passed by southern states in 1865 and 1866 to restrict African American’s freedom and forced them to work low income jobs. In 1866, the Supreme Court was able to overrule the Black Codes, giving the black American citizens full citizenship and freedom. This angered the southerners, who had fought to keep slavery, making

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