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The Souls of Black Folk

Narrated by: Walter Covell
Length: 8 hrs
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W.E.B. Du Bois said, on the launch of his groundbreaking 1903 treatise, The Souls of Black Folk, "for the problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color-line", a prescient statement. Setting out to show to the reader "the strange meaning of being black here in the dawning of the twentieth century," Du Bois explains the meaning of the emancipation, and its effect, and his views on the roles of the leaders of his race.
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"The audio version of the classic work is also a stunning achievement. It is a moving experience to listen to Covell's interpretation. He reads as if he is Dubois. His bass voice matches the text so perfectly." (Kliatt)

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  • Chandra
  • Oakland, CA, USA
  • 02-19-05

An eloquent & educational history

This is an amazing book - informing and inspiring. DuBois masterfully combines history, sociology, music, and poetry. His descriptions of the lives of Black (and White) people in the nineteenth-century U.S. are poignant and compassionate, his critiques are brilliant and courageous. His predictions of social injustice unrest arising from the failures of Reconstruction and continuing racial prejudice, were particularly wrenching. My only complaint is that Walter Covell read a little too fast - DuBois' prose is complex, as is the subject matter, and I got lost several times.

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  • Marjorie
  • MARIETTA, GEORGIA, United States
  • 01-25-19

Living History

This book was difficult to read as an African American, not because it was poorly written, but rather it is told from the aspect of one who was living with the tumultuous activity at the time. The reading was exceptional and the informative useful, but as it is history is sometimes a hard thing to listen to.

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  • J
  • 07-15-18

19th century relevance for the 21st century!

I am greatful for this work that gives witness of a time many want to disclaim, discount and disillusion. Well done, j3

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Knowledge and education

Without self love and awareness we are an extinct species. Thank you Mr. W.E.B. Dubois

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Beautifully told

Information told that relates to now society but with literature so strong hard not to want to continue for each passing chapter.

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very enlightening for this white listener

However much I thought I understood about black experience, the stories and essays in this book have shown it to me in so much more depth. And now that another 100 years have passed, so much and so little has changed.

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