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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $17.00
  • April 1999
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-97393-8
  • 416 pages
  • Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies and the Philippines.

The Souls of Black Folk

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W. E. B. Du Bois (Author), Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (Editor, Harvard University), Terri Hume Oliver (Editor, Harvard University)


When it was published in 1903, The Souls of Black Folk revolutionized thinking about the experience of African Americans in the United States.

This collection of essays on African American history, culture, and society probes fundamental issues of race and justice and documents Du Bois’s conviction that the "soul" of the black community must be preserved and revered.  The text reprinted here is that of the first book edition (1903).

"Contexts" presents a fascinating collection of political and biographical documents related to the text. Also included are eighteen photographs that accompanied Du Bois’s 1901 article "The Negro As He Really Is."

"Criticism" offers thirteen contemporary and recent assessments of Du Bois and Souls, rounding out the picture of this enduring work.




    1. Booker T. Washington, The Standard Printed Version of the Atlanta Exposition Address
    2. W.E.B. Du Bios, [Obituary of Booker T. Washinton]
    3. Alexander Crummell, Civilization, the Primal Need of the Race
    4. W.E.B. DU Bois, The Conservation of Races, The Niagara Movement: Address to the Country


    1. W.E.B. Du Bois, [Application Letter to Harvard ]
      1. From A Negro Student at Harvard at the End of the Nineteenth Century
      2. [Celebrating His Twenty-fifth Birthday]
    2. PHOTOGRAPHS: A. Radclyffe Dugmore, From The Negro As He Really Is
    3. W.E.B. Du Bois, Credo
      1. A Litany of Atlanta



    1. David Levering Lewis, From W.E.B. Du Bois: Biography of a Race
    2. William James, [Praise for Souls]
    3. [Anonymous], [Review of Souls]
    4. John Spencer Bassett, Two Negro Leaders
    5. John Daniels, [Review of Souls]


    1. Dickson D. Bruce Jr., W.E.B. Du Bois and the Idea of Double Consciousness
    2. Robert Gooding-Williams, Du Bois’s Counter-Sublime
    3. Nellie McKay, From W.E.B. Du Bois: The Black Women in His Writings-Selected Fictional and Autobiographical Portraits
    4. Susan Mizruchi, Neighbors, Strangers, Corpses: Death and Sympathy in the Early Writings of W.E.B. Du Bois
    5. Arnold Rampersad, Slavery and the Literary Imagination: DU Bois’s The Souls of Black Folk
    6. Eric J. Sundquist, From Swing Low: The Souls of Black Folk
    7. Shamoon Zamir, “The Sorrow Songs”/”Song of Myself”: Du Bois, the Crisis of Leadership, and Prophetic Imagination