It is a selection of essays about life for Black people during the period of Reconstruction after the Civil War. So enlightening of how difficult life was for the emancipated slaves. W.E.B. DuBois is a fabulous writer, but not for someone who struggles with reading. His writing is definitely for senior High School, and college level readers. Beautiful, beautiful writing. Our book club reads something about Black history, or a book written by a Black author every February to improve our minds and understanding. Our group consists of 4 White people, 2 Indian (from India) people, one Asian person, and we all loved reading the book .Ignorance, Power, Bigotry are a horrible combination.