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Darkwater: Voices from Within the Veil (Dodo Press)
Classic work on race, class and gender by the civil rights activist and leader, sociologist, educator, historian, prolific writer, editor, poet, scholar, and socialist.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 20th 2006 by Dodo Press
(first published 1920)
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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 s ...more
Oct 24, 2010 Erin rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
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.
Dec 19, 2014 Joyce rated it 2 of 5 stars · review of another edition
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 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
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.
In 1868, W.E.B. Du Bois (né William Edward Burghardt Du Bois) 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 Folk (1903) made hi ...moreMore about W.E.B. Du Bois...