When first published in 1903, W.E.B. Du Bois’s The Souls of Black Folk struck like a thunderclap, quickly establishing itself as a work that wholly redefined the history of the black experience in America, introducing the now famous “problem of the color line.” In decades since, its stature has only grown, and today it ranks as one of the most influential and resonant works in the history of American thought.
This centennial edition contains a landmark Introduction by historian David Levering Lewis that brilliantly demonstrates how The Souls of Black Folk remains indispensable not only to an understanding of the history of race and democracy in America but to considerations of the future of racial and cultural comity in the twenty-first century.
An eloquent collection of essays, first published in 1903, that has stood the test of time as one of the most thoughtful and prophetic texts in American letters on the subject of race and racism. Du Bois is particularly severe on the consequences of the moderate philosophies of Booker T. Washington, and advocates a bolder stance, including the right to vote, civic equality, and the education of black youth.