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The Problem of the Color Line at the Turn of the Twentieth CenturyThe Essential Early Essays$
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W.E.B. Du Bois and Nahum Dimitri Chandler

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823254545

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823254545.001.0001

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Strivings of the Negro People

Strivings of the Negro People

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Chapter:
(p.67) Strivings of the Negro People
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The Problem of the Color Line at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
Author(s):

W. E. B. DU BOIS

, Nahum Dimitri Chandler
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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823254545.003.0004

This chapter presents an essay by W. E. B. Du Bois on the strivings of the American Negro. He cites the double-consciousness of the Negro, the sense of always looking at one's self through the eyes of others, of measuring one's soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity. One ever feels his two-ness—an American, a Negro two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder. He argues that the history of the American Negro is the history of this strife,—this longing to attain self—conscious manhood, to merge his double self into a better and truer self.

Keywords:   W. E. B. Du Bois, American Negro, double consciousness, American Negro strife

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