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"The Souls of Black Folk" by W.E.B. DuBois
An analysis of the author's assessment of the blacks' desperate situation in the U.S. and his hopes for the future.
# 20413 | 1,350 words | 1 source | 1993 | US
Published on Mar 20, 2003 in Literature (General) , African-American Studies (General)

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"In W.E.B. Du Bois' The Souls of Black Folk , we find a wrenching contradiction between the reality of blacks as the author paints it in all its desperation and suffering and injustice, and the hope and optimism which he maintains with respect to the future of the nation, black and white.

As John Edgar Wideman writes in his Introduction to the book, the situation about which Du Bois wrote has not improved substantially, as of 1990, in Wideman's view. Wideman writes that "Nothing has changed, and perhaps never will. I'm chilled and angered by that thought. Anger fades into fear, fear for my children, yours. I'm left with little hope, echo the sentiment Du Bois weaves into the Afterthought of Souls, a wish conveying more longing than conviction: 'In Thy good time may infinite reason turn the tangle straight'" (Du Bois xvi)."

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