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W.E.B. DuBois' Appeal for Equality In the first chapter “Of Our Spiritual Strivings” of his biographic record, The Souls of Black Folk , Dubois focuses on the issue of the social situation of African Americans and how they are not perceived as equal to whites. Dubois states that since African Americans try to appeal to two unique heritages, progress is nearly impossible. W.E.B. Dubois' main argument was in his belief that African-Americans needed to strive for equality in all major ideals as well as preserve their heritage. Dubois presents the hardships that Blacks in America face by drawing upon personal observations and experiences. In Dubois’ experience in experience with the card exchange (1) serves as an introduction to his realization of the alienation of his race. Dubois goes on to outline the continuing struggle of African Americans despite social breakthroughs such as the Emancipation and suffrage. By revealing the nature of the Blacks in America, DuBois calls upon the people of his race to try and find a way out of their current social quagmire. Dubois states that because African-Americans are caught between being an American and facing their heritage, they must struggle through life, criticized by white neighbors and held back by "the poverty and ignorance of [their own] people" (2). Dubois defines this internal
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