The Souls Of Web Du Bois

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'The problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the colour-line.' These prophetic words were written by WEB Du Bois in his 1903 seminal collection of essays entitled The Souls Of Black Folk. This pioneering work has been described as one of the most important books of the twentieth century; it incorporates fiction, history, sociology and song and paints a portrait of America in crisis. On the centenary of its publication eminent writer and cultural theorist Professor Stuart Hall assesses the lasting legacy of The Souls Of Black Folk and examines the many complexities in Du Bois' life from scholar to civil rights activist to his last days in Ghana as a communist exiled from an America where he had become virtually persona non grata.