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With a striking new introduction written by Atlantic journalist Vann R. Newkirk II and riveting artwork from printmaker Steve Prince, Restless Classics' new edition of The Souls of Black Folk is presented in all its relevancy as a crucial work of sociology that is applicable to the current political, economic and social climate more than a century later. To understand the driving force behind today s current Black liberation movement, to recognize the historic pattern and large scope of state violence against communities of color, to dissect the most recent wave of white nationalism surging through the nation is to know the duality of African-American life presented by W.E.B Du Bois in The Souls of Black Folk. Hailed as the bedrock of any examination on Blackness in America from literature to front-line resistance the century-old exploration of 'the color line' stands unblemished by time, its wholeness applying fully to the era of Barack Obama, Black Lives Matter and Donald Trump. Presented by Restless Classics, with a pointed introduction by journalist Vann R. Newkirk II, the newest edition of Du Bois work presents itself through the lens of today s political and social climate, highlighting the ugly truth that white supremacy s roots still grip America and serving as an introduction to a generation fighting a familiar battle for liberation, one that our elders have already witnessed . . . Newkirk s introduction . . . examines the immortality of what can be considered the most important piece of literature to date.

Christina ColemanEssence<br \><br \> Dr. Du Bois was not only an intellectual giant exploring the frontiers of knowledge, he was in the first place a teacher. He would have wanted his life to teach us something about our tasks of emancipation. One idea he insistently taught was that black people have been kept in oppression and deprivation by a poisonous fog of lies that depicted them as inferior, born deficient and deservedly doomed to servitude to the grave . . . Dr. Du Bois recognized that the keystone in the arch of oppression was the myth of inferiority and he dedicated his brilliant talents to demolish it.

Martin Luther King, Jr.<br \><br \>"Du Bois . . . wrote knowing full well that what he said was neither palatable nor negotiable, that a large portion of the country would not be swayed, and that the truth, in and of itself, must be enough. It is often said that this space lacks for hope. Here is your bone for the day: In the academy, Du Bois was victorious. He did not live to see that victory, but it is his view on the centrality of white supremacy that now carries the day.

Ta-Nehisi Coates<br \><br \> What Dr. Du Bois showed is that he had enormous courage. I would encourage young men and women, black and white and Asian and Spanish speaking and all, all to look at Dr. Du Bois and realize that courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can t practice any other virtue consistently. You can t be consistently fair or kind or generous or forgiving any of those without courage.

Maya Angelou<br \><br \>"Du Bois's most important gift to the black literary tradition is, without question, the concept of the duality of the African-American, expressed metaphorically in his elated metaphors of double-consciousness and the veil.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.<br \><br \> The impact of The Souls of Black Folk on black American writing, and on writing about black America, is all the clearer. The descent of the imaginative treatments of two-ness, invisibility, and the magic behind the veil, from Ellison to Baldwin to Morrison, has by now become a stock theme in accounts of modern Amer --abc

Du Bois is the brook of fire through which we all must pass in order to gain access to the intellectual and political weaponry needed to sustain the radical democratic tradition in our time.

Cornel West --abc

I never emulated white men and brown men whose fates didn t speak to my own. It was into my father s image, the black man, son of Africa, that I d packed all the attributes I sought in myself, the attributes of Martin and Malcolm, Du Bois and Mandela.

Barack Obama --abc

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William Edward Burghardt "W. E. B." Du Bois (February 23, 1868 August 27, 1963) was an American sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, author, and editor. Born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Du Bois grew up in a relatively tolerant and integrated community.

After completing graduate work at the University of Berlin and Harvard, where he was the first African-American to earn a doctorate, he became a professor of history, sociology, and economics at Atlanta University. Du Bois was one of the co-founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 28, 2014)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 124 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1505223377
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1505223378
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ 1280L
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 6.2 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.28 x 9 inches
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William Edward Burghardt “W. E. B.” Du Bois was an American sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, author, and editor. Born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Du Bois grew up in a relatively tolerant and integrated community.

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This is an incredible book/poem. It is not well typeset and THIS BOOK OMITS THE SHORT MUSICAL NOTES that are supposed to accompany the titles of the sections. Do yourself a solid and at least look on the internet for how you are supposed to see the sections as Du Bois intended. It's quite moving.
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By Jenae on October 22, 2019
Good for the price. There is some weird formatting and several pages with no indentations, making it easy to lose your spot with the small, plain text. If you want something to look good on your bookshelf, pay the extra $10-$20 for a nicer print, otherwise this is a good buy.
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