Book Review: Du Bois, W. E. B., The Souls of Black Folk. 2d ed. (New York: Bantam Classic edition, 1989).
The counter productiveness of Washington contributed to the discrimination of blacks in exercises such as voting and education. Du Bois gives his experiences, noting that materialism in America threatened the replacement of other activities by Blacks to the extent that he only learned to gain wealth. As such, the only important action towards lowering education is to improve race relations between Americans and African-Americans. In his description at Georgia, Du Bois notes that the only practices exacerbating race relations are the tenant farming practice and the legal system. He also gives an insight into the Negro religion, which he notes is important in their existence in America. He also goes against racial discrimination but also thinks that losing his son was important rather than being dominated by the majority population. One of the key strengths of the book is that Du Bois uses historical facts as proof of evidence. For instance, he documents World War and slavery and the implications of racism during the periods. He also advances to use his experiences and those of others such as Alexander Crummel, the priest. Even so, one of the key weaknesses is that he does not take sides to defend his race. He concentrates on describing much about the American society and the position of Blacks rather than the influence of Blacks on the American society and their unrecognized contributions. Du Bois does not use references in his work. He, even though he uses the first-person perspective to evaluate his argument. He uses his life experiences, such as the death of his son and the activities he had to do in American land, to evaluate the larger African American society. He also uses statements from other people, whose majority include Negros. The evidence critically forms a good foundation for a discussion of racial issues. The author sufficiently meets his subject matter, as he defends issues to do with racism as is being exacerbated in America. He uses much evidence that is founded on the interactions between African Americans and the significant other race. His contentedness is the realization that the black race ought to be recognized just like any other race regardless of the region across the world.