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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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The Sovereignty of Soul

The Sovereignty of Soul

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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 presents the views of William Burghardt Du Bois on the social status of black Americans during the twentieth century. He was of the view that the evils of poverty, crime, and ill-health were widespread among black people in America as a result of the evident rampant discrimination against them. He presented these views hoping that some policy changes would result. The chapter finds that white Americans continued to hold a grudge against black people and racially segregated them despite the strength of Du Bois's views and his efforts to address and find solutions to these issues in his writings and on other forums. He was of the opinion that the souls of the black people remained scarred from such discrimination and longed to be free from such restrictions.

Keywords:   William Burghardt Du Bois, black Americans, white Americans, discrimination, segregation, discrimination, writings

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