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Darkwater: Voices from Within the Veil

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The distinguished American civil rights leader, W. E. B. Du Bois first published these fiery essays, sketches, and poems individually nearly 80 years ago in the Atlantic, the Journal of Race Development, and other periodicals. Reflecting the author's ideas as a politician, historian, and artist, this volume has long moved and inspired readers with its militant cry for ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published July 2nd 1999 by Dover Publications (first published 1920)
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Jul 31, 2012 Drick rated it really liked it
W.E.B Dubois is best known for Souls of Black Folk,but was a prolific writer and public critic for the duration of his life. This collection of essays, poems and stories was published in 1920 and included items that had been published elsewhere.They show Dubois passion for justice and his anger at the ongoing degradation being experienced by black people due to Jim Crow. He also writes in support of women's rights and his opposition to war. They also show that Dubois was a forerunner of things ...more
Oct 24, 2010 Erin rated it really liked it
This is a little bit of a departure from his other books. This is a collection of essays mixed in with a few short stories and poems. His tone has shifted as well. It is much darker and he has more of negative view on the world. I have to say that my favorite story was the "Black Jesus" one.
Oct 12, 2007 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
Du Bois was ahead of his time. These essays talk about issues that are still current.
Jun 08, 2015 Ianto rated it really liked it
Heavy read... but definitely one I'll be revisiting.
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Jun 20, 2010 Arletta Saafir rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bet yall didn't know Dubois wrote a novel...check it out it is quite good...
Sep 07, 2016 Jon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lyrical and quite moving at points.
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Dec 03, 2016 Sam Bledsoe rated it liked it
It's an intense political, civil rights, philosophy book. It gave me a lot to think about and go over in my head over the last month, but overall this was a hard book to push through. I think if you want to know more about how race is talked about on a civil rights level, this is THE book to start with. But, when I was given the choice between reading this and other activities, I choose other activities. There is so much to think about and so much going on that it can be a chore to get through.

Oct 28, 2016 Rick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essays, non-fiction
There is a long, brilliant literary bridge from Frederick Douglass to Ta-Nehisi Coates of analyses of race in America. Between the two are many writers and works that are essential to any useful understanding of 21st century America. Wright, of course, King, and not just his speeches. Baldwin. Many others, particularly if you include poetry, drama and fiction. But sticking with non-fiction, W. E. B. Du Bois is certainly on that list of essential reading. The Souls of Black Folk is a classic of A ...more
Oct 10, 2016 Ronnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Filled with mysticism and harsh reality, this compilation of essays and poems provides amaz

Provides amazing insight into the political, social, and cultural world of circa 1910 America and the world. I was fascinated by the similarities between Due Bois' observations on his times and my views of contemporary America. The more things change the more they remain the same.
Sep 29, 2016 Gregory rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
His analyses and insights are just as valid today as they were when he first wrote then. That stands as a testament to how far the USA still has yet to go. We have not come as far as many insist.
I'm sure this is a classic--intriguing essays, sketches, and poems--and I wouldn't have made it through in print. However, were it not for Dion Graham and Bahni Turpin, I wouldn't have made it through the audio either! In emphasizing the book's importance, several narrators chose stilted reading styles that were off-putting and completely ignored the cadence of the text. Dark essays for those with more intellectual and political taste and interest than I have.
Jan 05, 2008 Lacey rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in American history, or Racial and ethnic history
This is definately worth reading. Even in DuBois' desperation and disappointment with things, his genius shines through. Very few people ever mention this book. They point instead to Souls of Black Folk, The Philadelphia Negro, or Reconstruction. This one is definitely worth including in our discussions about what made DuBois equally brilliant and sad.
May 04, 2016 Julie rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
It's strange to rate a book like this. It wasn't fun to read, but a lot of it was still shockingly relevant. The last story was incredibly powerful. There was a glimpse of redemption before it all came crashing back.
We read this for our Second Life book club. Really beautiful combination, part prose, part social discourse.
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Nov 10, 2011 mis fit rated it really liked it
I don't know, I might even like this better than Souls of Black Folk. Really powerful connections between capitalism, racism, and colonialism.
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In 1868, W.E.B. Du Bois (William Edward Burghardt Du Bois, pronounced 'doo-boyz') was born in Massachusetts. He attended Fisk College in Nashville, then earned his BA in 1890 and his MS in 1891 from Harvard. Du Bois studied at the University of Berlin, then earned his doctorate in history from Harvard in 1894. He taught economics and history at Atlanta University from 1897-1910. The Souls of Black ...more
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