Welcome to The Ohio State University Libraries Guide to "The Souls of Black Folk" by Dr. W.E.B. DuBois, This guide offers resources for those who want to explore issues central to the book.
On the 100th Anniversary of the Publication of 'The Souls of Black Folk' a Look at the Life of W.E.B. Dubois
"The Souls of Black Folk is a series of essays (some of which had been previously published) in which William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (pronounced due bóyss), 1868-1963, presents his argument about a path toward progress for African Americans: enfranchisement, political power, and education. This book, both a primary source and a literary work, provides insight about the experiences of African Americans in the early twentieth century. W.E.B. Du Bois discusses segregation and “color lines” and chronicles the “double consciousness” experienced by African Americans — “this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others.” He provides case studies from the Jim Crow South and he presents portraits of men who embody life “behind the veil.” He is critical of Booker T. Washington’s vocational education and accommodationist approach to segregation and racial prejudice and alludes to his faith in a “Talented Tenth” of well-educated African Americans who would overcome the 'the problem of the color line.'"
How does The Souls of Black Folk relate to my life experience?
You will find many themes and events in the book that relate to your life. During your lifetime, you will encounter new communities, cultures, ideas, and relationships.
Questions for readers (adapted from A Teacher's Guide )
We hope you enjoy reading "The Souls of Black Folk."