The Souls Of Black Folk By. B. Dubois

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In The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. DuBois, DuBois argues his point-of-view on racial tensions in the south during and after Reconstruction. DuBois was a key figure African-American historian and civil rights activist in his time leading and defending his fellows African-Americans. One of DuBois’s themes ranges on race relations developed after Reconstruction in the south. DuBois elaborates on the overwhelming divide between the white population and the black population in his chapter about race relations. DuBois lists how blacks have been crippled economically, socially, and politically by disfranchisement and the Jim Crow laws after reconstruction. To begin with, to understand DuBois’s opinion on race relations, one must first understand The Souls of Black Folk in its entirety. Written in 1902, the work is a critical critique on the then current relationship between races in the south. The work was written over a period of time as DuBois analyzed the status level for African-Americans after Reconstruction. DuBois sets out his point that, “blacks of the South need the right to vote, the right to a good education, and to be treated with equality and justice” (p. 3 DuBois). DuBois is mainly setting out his point not to African-Americans, but to the whites in America who do not understand the struggle. Early in the 20th century whites outside of the south did not notice the problems black in the south. So, DuBois was looking to bring back the attention that much of the
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