Du Dubois The Grand Canyon Analysis

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Du Bois conveys his love for the Grand Canyon, and described this natural wonder as the “one thing that lived and will live eternal in my soul-the Grand Canyon” (Darkwater 165). For Du Bois, the Grand Canyon represented something eternal, something which held the imprint of God. Grand Canyon was a national park with anecdotes about life under Jim Crow, bringing double consciousness to bear on the history of conservation. The extent of the Canyon provided him some viewpoints on the violence committed against him and his people. It’s as if he was saying maybe, just maybe there is something else out there, something that provides a basis for hope. If the natural world is so grand, majestic, and beautiful, humanity could be some great day as well.
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