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W. E. B. Du Bois and The Souls of Black Folk$
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Stephanie J. Shaw

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780807838730

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469609676_Shaw

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Work, Culture, and Liberty

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W. E. B. Du Bois and The Souls of Black Folk

Stephanie J. Shaw

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter explores the classical philosophical ideas and principles proposed by William Burghardt Du Bois in his book The Souls of Black Folk, along with the challenges that he faced as he evolved as a black writer in North America in the twentieth century. He said in 1903 that the color of an individual was one of the significant contributing factors in the evolution of that person, determining his goals, ideas, and principles in life. He described how a black American of that period would be measured and judged through the eyes of other individuals. This chapter also explains how Du Bois was aware of the challenges that were faced by black people in the twentieth century to achieve liberty.

Keywords:   classical philosophy, North America, black people, evolution, liberty

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