The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois: With a Critical Introduction by Patricia H. Hinchey

The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois: With a Critical Introduction by Patricia H. Hinchey

by Patricia H. Hinchey


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W. E. B. Du Bois’s seminal work, The Souls of Black Folk, not only captures the experience of African Americans in the years following the Civil War but also speaks to contemporary conditions. At a time when American public schools are increasingly re-segregating, are increasingly underfunded, and are perhaps nearly as separate and unequal as they were in earlier decades, this classic can help readers grasp links between a slavery past and a dismal present for too many young people of color. Disagreeing with Booker T. Washington, Du Bois analyzes the restrictiveness of education as a simple tool to prepare for work in pursuit of wealth (a trend still very much alive and well, especially in schools serving economically disadvantaged students). He also, however, demonstrates the challenges racism presents to individuals who embrace education as a tool for liberation. Du Bois’s accounts of how racism affected specific individuals allow readers to see philosophical issues in human terms. It can also help them think deeply about what kind of moral, social, educational and economic changes are necessary to provide all of America’s young people the equal opportunity promised to them inside and outside of schools.

Perfect for courses in: Social Foundations of Education, Political and Social Foundations of Education, Foundations of American Education, Foundations of Education, Introduction to Education Theory and Policy, Philosophy and Education, History of American Education, and African American Education.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781975500634
Publisher: Myers Education Press
Publication date: 03/23/2018
Series: Timely Classics in Education , #2
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 1,087,633
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Patricia H. Hinchey is Professor Emerita of Education at Penn State, where she taught a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses and frequently conducted professional development workshops for both K-12 and higher education educators. She is also a Fellow with the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is author or co-author of six texts, editor or co-editor of several more, and she has also published numerous journal articles.

Table of Contents

Introduction Patricia H. Hinchey vii

The Souls of Black Folk 1

The Forethought 5

I Of Our Spiritual Strivings 7

II Of the Dawn of Freedom 16

III Of Mr. Booker T. Washington and Others 36

IV Of the Meaning of Progress 50

V Of the Wings of Atalanta 61

VI Of the Training of Black Men 71

VII Of the Black Belt 87

VIII Of the Quest of the Golden Fleece 105

IX Of the Sons of Master and Man 125

X Of the Faith of the Fathers 143

XI Of the Passing of the First-Born 157

XII Of Alexander Crummell 163

XIII Of the Coming of John 173

XIV The Sorrow Songs 189

The Afterthought 201

About the Text 203

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