The Souls of Black Folk is W.E.B. Du Bois' most famous work. While the work is often viewed as a classic in African American literature and the history of the African American experience, the sociological significance of the work has been understated. In his initial discussions with the book's original publisher, Du Bois desired to prepare a volume that would showcase his ongoing sociological work on "the Negro problems." While many editions of Du Bois' classic text have appeared, no edition has focused primarily on the eight previously published essays in their original form and chronological order. This fact alone makes The Sociological Souls of Black Folk unique. An introductory essay by the volume's editor, Robert Wortham, highlights the sociological significance of the original essays by addressing such themes as the concept of the self, the social construction of the African American experience, and racial inequality. Eight additional essays originally published between 1897 and 1900 are added by the editor in a second section. These additional sociological essays focus on African American entrepreneurship, crime, race relations, liberal arts education, the Black Church's function within the African American community, and the quality of African American life in the Southern Black Belt. The essays included in The Sociological Souls of Black Folk provide the reader with an opportunity to gain a greater appreciation for Du Bois' early sociological work and recognize that Du Bois was indeed one of the pioneering figures in the development of sociology in the United States.
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About the Author
Robert A. Wortham is professor of sociology at North Carolina Central University.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The Sociological Souls of Black Folk: Editor's Introduction Part 2 Part I: The Sociological Souls of Black Folk Chapter 3 Chapter 1. Strivings of the Negro People Chapter 4 Chapter 2. A Negro Schoolmaster in the New South Chapter 5 Chapter 3. The Religion of the American Negro Chapter 6 Chapter 4. The Freedman's Bureau Chapter 7 Chapter 5. The Negro as He Really Is Chapter 8 Chapter 6. The Evolution of Negro Leadership Chapter 9 Chapter 7. The Relation of the Negroes to the Whites in the South Chapter 10 Chapter 8. The Training of Black Men Part 11 Part II: Contextual Sociological Essays: 1897-1900 Chapter 12 Chapter 9. The Negro in Business: The Results of the Investigation Chapter 13 Chapter 10. The Negro and Crime Chapter 14 Chapter 11. The American Negro in Paris Chapter 15 Chapter 12. The Conservation of the Races Chapter 16 Chapter 13.Careers Open to College-Bred Negroes Chapter 17 Chapter 14. The Problem of Amusement Chapter 18 Chapter 15. The Negro in the Black Belt: Some Social Sketches Chapter 19 Chapter 16. The Georgia Negro: A Social Study - Editor's Reconstruction