The Souls of Black Folk | Study Guide

W.E.B. Du Bois

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The Souls of Black Folk | Chapter Summaries


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Chapter Summary
Forethought In the brief "Forethought" that opens The Souls of Black Folk, Du Bois addresses a white audience at the turn of the 20t... Read More
Chapter 1 This first essay sets the stage for those that follow, outlining the overarching message of The Souls of Black Folk: tha... Read More
Chapter 2 "Of the Dawn of Freedom" takes a close look at the sequence of events leading up to and following Emancipation, particul... Read More
Chapter 3 In Chapter 3 Du Bois presents the problematic consequences of the ideas presented in the "Atlanta Compromise," Booker T.... Read More
Chapter 4 This personal essay is about the community where Du Bois held his first teaching position in the hills of rural Tennesse... Read More
Chapters 5–6 Using the Greek myth of Atalanta and Hippomenes as a metaphor for the city of Atlanta, Georgia, Du Bois gives the peop... Read More
Chapters 7–10 Chapters 7 and 8 of The Souls of Black Folk were originally published as one article in World's Work, titled "The Negr... Read More
Chapter 11 "Of the Passing of the First-Born" is a brief and deeply personal lament in which Du Bois mourns the loss of his very yo... Read More
Chapter 12 Alexander Crummell, born in 1819, is depicted as a man who struggled against the temptations of hate, despair, and doubt... Read More
Chapter 13 The single fictional chapter in this volume tells a story about two boys named John, both of whom grow up in the same sm... Read More
Chapter 14–The After-Thought Many of the songs whose music is excerpted and paired with the poetic epigraphs at the beginnings of the chapters are ... Read More
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