Book Review: The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. DuBois

When I majored in sociology in the 80’s and 90’s W. E. B. DuBois was required reading. This collection of essays range in subject from race, education, and economics to the author’s experience as a grief-stricken parent encumbered by racial discrimination. DuBois, first and foremost, an educator (and an excellent writer) deserves his position as a premier social commentator and trailblazing advocate for civil rights. One would think that we’ve achieved much since Dubois published “Souls” in 1902 but many of the indictments he brought to light at that time are sadly, still issues today. While we’ve seen strides of progress toward equality, we still have a long way to go. Along with Weber, Maslow and Durkheim, DuBois is essential reading in sociology and on the subject of our society’s pitfalls and the need for change.

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