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Steve Cameron 12/3/08 Professor DeProspo English 101 W.E.B DuBois’ Revision of Emancipation In his novel The Souls of Black Folk , W . E . B DuBois argues that slavery is not the problem that Black people face in the 20 th century; instead the problem that Black people face is the problem of the color line . DuBois believes that the emancipation of southern slaves and signing of the 13 th amendment did not truly
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free the black men in America . Blacks in America still did not have the same opportunities to succeed, and could not find the land that they had been promised . As a result, Black men still remained a problem; a constant dilemma to the white American . DuBois states that “few men ever worshiped Freedom with half such unquestioning faith as did the American Negro for two centuries . During slavery, the American Negro believed that emancipation “promised land of sweeter beauty then ever stretched before the eyes of the wearied Israelites . The “wearied Israelites” were given their own homeland by the United Nations in 1948, showing how high the expectations were of the enslaved Negros . The opportunities that complete freedom presented in America were greater than the opportunities that a free Negro could have created for himself in his own homeland . Prior to the Civil War, the Negro American was viewed as a threat and nuisance to the White American . DuBois recognized this as a young schoolboy when a white girl refused his greeting card and glared at DuBois after their
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exchange . DuBois found that the only way to fight against this discrimination was to rise above and beat his white classmates at everything ranging from academia to athletics . Despite his obvious talents however, the doors to success were never opened to him . “Why had God made me an outcast…in my own house,” DuBois questions . Despite political ramblings to the contrary, the true cause of the Civil War was the Negro .
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