W. E. B. Du Bois and The Souls of Black Folk
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: The University of North Carolina Press
Download PDF (135.3 KB)
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Quote
Download PDF (133.3 KB)
Download PDF (57.8 KB)
Download PDF (67.1 KB)
In 1995, I read The Souls of Black Folk from cover to cover for the fi rst time in about twenty years. The farther I got into the book the stranger it seemed, and the more exhilarating it became even though I had read it before. Moreover, I had been reading about the book ever since I fi rst read it. Yet it no longer seemed like the book I had previously read, nor did it ...
Download PDF (85.6 KB)
...obligation to understand him. The obligation is not easily fulfi lled when a man of genius of the highest order produces a philosophical interpretation of experience so novel in its design, so subtle in the texture of its thought, so comprehensive in its range and penetrating in its vision. It is impossible to trace the stages in the construction of the system. He made his ‘voyage of ...
1. Striving: Work, Culture, and Liberty
Download PDF (122.4 KB)
...will go unto the king, which is not according to the law; and if the job: “I knew your father, John, he belonged to my brother, “ herein lie buried many things which if read with patience may show the strange meaning of being black here at the dawning of the Twentieth Century. This meaning is not without interest to you, Gentle ...
2. The Sovereignty of Soul
Download PDF (120.5 KB)
...itself as it is without regard to anything but itself, it follows that each individual thing has this sovereign right, namely, to exist and act just as it is determined by Nature. — Spinoza 1 “With the best will the factual outline of a life misses the es-sence of its spirit. Thus in my life the chief fact has been race—not so much ...
3. “The Talented Tenth” Revisited
Download PDF (84.4 KB)
...ings and the banes of past ages, there is necessity that the men of group leadership that is popularly known as the theory of “the Talented Tenth.” 2 The essay was, most of all, a plea for the support of higher ed-ucation for black Americans, from among whom a “Talented Tenth,” 10 percent of the black population, would emerge as leaders of the race. The ...
4. Spirit: Alexander Crummell, Prophets, and Destiny
Download PDF (148.1 KB)
...thing on earth and in the sea, above, beneath, like the geist in Goethe’s Faust, plies at the whizzing loom of time to weave for larly take special note of Du Bois’ chapter on Alexander Crummell. Some of the most useful discussions explore the intellectual links between the two men, recognizing Crummell as a mentor, a role model, even a father fi g-...
Reading Souls with Phenomenology: A Preface to Chapter 5
Download PDF (102.7 KB)
Du Bois’ rendering of Crummell’s life story not only allowed him to pay tribute to someone who was obviously a friend but also provided a useful vehicle for illustrating the journey of an individual soul to spirit. Crummell’s life was especially ideal, however, because Hegel’s example of the “unhappy consciousness” involved a priest (a religious self-consciousness) ...
5. The Religion and Songs of Souls
Download PDF (216.6 KB)
...alone is really essential to the world, the true content of its in-itself, of the will? It is art, the work of genius. It represents his religiosity as there has been about Du Bois’. Around the mid-nineteenth century, James Stirling wrote that “the secret of Hegel” was that he was a Christian. More recently, however, philosopher Robert C. Solomon con-...
Conclusion: “O World of Worlds, How Shall Man Make You One?”
Download PDF (110.7 KB)
.... . . Of what value is he who, in order to abbreviate the parts is composed? . . . Oh human stupidity! . . . You don’t see that fragrant fl owers or fruit, in order to demonstrate that the tree If now once this great ground principle is fi xed, that negroes works and aspires,—then what are the ideals of life that inter-...
Download PDF (375.0 KB)
Download PDF (1.1 MB)
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: The John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture