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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 Religion and Songs of Souls

The Religion and Songs of Souls

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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 discusses how William Burghardt Du Bois borrowed ideas from Hegel on religion to present his own views on religion and its relationship to the soul. Du Bois was of the opinion that religion is a medium that helps its practitioners to lead a better life. The chapter finds that Hegel presented a simple version of religion, which is based on the principle of appreciating all good things in nature and borrowing those qualities to improve one's life and surrounding environment. It has also been observed that during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, religion was treated as a form of art. Du Bois considered religion to relate to the freedom to express and appreciate art in different forms leading to the emancipation of souls. He emphasized the notion of the emancipation of souls to be an important goal of religion and felt that black people lacked such freedom to practice this form of religion.nd concerns expressed by political observers and commentators of that time.

Keywords:   Hegel, religion, soul, black people, emancipation

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