“DuBois says his objective is to represent what it is like to be black in America at the
beginning of the 20
century. He does this because he believes that race is the central
problem of the century to come.”
How does it feel to be a problem? AAs are defined based upon how others view
them and have no other way to create a personal identity. This is what created the veil
between the AAs’ world (where someone defines his identity for him) and the white
man’s world (full of opportunities). How can one be black and American when
Americans have taken away so many black freedoms?
For DuBois, literacy was more important than freedom because then he can see
how his race is portrayed by whites. Literacy provides knowledge.
1863- Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves. 1864- Freedmen’s
Bureau established to assist slaves with transitioning into a free life. The Bureau’s major
success was educating the freed slaves. Free elementary education in the South even