W. E. B. DuBois Essay - Robert J England II HON 212 Section...

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Robert J. England II HON 212 Section 007 Edith Elwood Du Bois Response Wednesday, January 31, 2007 There was once a time when people in this country were directly polarized simply because of the color of their skin. The simple identity of an individual's parents, black or white, was enough to determine the entire quality of his or her future life. W. E. B. Du Bois, in his text The Souls of Black Folk , famously discussed the problems facing the black people of his time, and the actual nature of the conflict in the southern United States. Du Bois is widely regarded to be one of the most famous black sociologists of all time, due to his writings on the relationships between the two major social groups of his settings: the African-American people, who had just recently been emancipated from slavery, and the white people, who were their former masters. Sociology, as Du Bois used it, was able to explain the growing conflict between the two sides of the southern states, and the problems that the conflict caused. In Du Bois' eyes, the most important pair of opposite social groups was the blacks and the whites. He spent a great deal of time focusing on what he called the “color line,” the sharp difference between the two cultures worldwide. He believed this “line” to be a strong boundary, one that could neither be surmounted nor destroyed without much effort. It was a surprising development; there is usually some middle ground between polar opposites. Unfortunately, this was one of the few cases where there was a specific difference between “black” and “white”; even the mixed offspring of a pair was defined specifically as black or white (usually the former). Here it would be a difference that was
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This essay was uploaded on 04/19/2008 for the course HON 212 taught by Professor Elwood during the Spring '07 term at University of Maine Orono .

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W. E. B. DuBois Essay - Robert J England II HON 212 Section...

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