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1February 6, 2017W.E.B DuBois’ The Souls Of Black FolkTristen Taulton
2The commencement of the 20thcentury was a period of segregation and racism that obstructed and deprived Black Americans from the equality crucial to their new identity in a nowpost slavery era. In 1903, author, sociologist and historical civil rights activist William Edward Burghardt Du Bois wrote The Souls of Black Folkin response to the injustices plaguing African Americans during this period of Emancipation. W.E.B Du Bois exposed the underlying cause of racism existent in the South (United Sates) and its defamatory strike to Black American’s identity as they strived to overcome the limitations placed upon them. Du Bois wanted to confront the laws of society as they aimed to prevent African Americans from achieving full equality, believing it was the duty of Black America to rise above and strive for social advancement through education and political activism. This prevention of fair access to employment, religion, politics and education and economic opportunity placed burdens on the souls that left African Americans feeling incapable of harnessing their potential as autonomous human beings.