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These two concepts gave a name to what so many African-Americans felt but previously could not express due to a lack of words to accurately describe their pain. The implication and connotation of these words were far-reaching because not only did it succinctly describe the plight of being Black and American then, it rings true to the core and essence of what it means to still be Black and American today.
For DuBois, the veil concept primarily refers to three things. First, the veil suggests to the literal darker skin of Blacks, which is a physical demarcation of difference from whiteness. Like DuBois, many African-Americans can pinpoint the exact instance at which both of these life altering encounters took place, and they too came to this realization at a young age.
Of this encounter he writes the following: Then it dawned upon me with a certain suddeness that I was different from the others; or like [them perhaps] in heart and life and longing, but shut out from their world by a vast veil.
I had thereafter no desire to tear down that veil, to creep through; I held all beyond it in common contempt, and lived above it in a region of blue sky and great wandering shadows. This passage is perhaps the most powerfully written, and amazingly accurate for some of the sheer burden of being Black and American in this society.
But more importantly, for African-Americans it is an illustration and reminder of how far they still have to go.The Project Gutenberg EBook of Darkwater, by W.
E. B. Du Bois This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. The Existence of the Veil "The Veil" is one of the central pieces in Du Bois' "The Souls of Black Folk."Lauded in American history and sociology for its symbolic importance, the veil is a predominant theme throughout the book.
NELL IRVIN PAINTER is the Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita, at Princeton University. Her acclaimed works of history include Standing at Armageddon, Sojourner Truth, and the New York Times bestseller The History of White People, which have received widespread attention for their insights into how we have historically viewed and translated ideas of gender, value, hierarchy, and race.
The Souls of Black Folk is a classic work of American literature by W. E. B.
Du Bois. It is a seminal work in the history of sociology, and a cornerstone of African-American literary history. The book, published in , contains several essays on race, some of which the magazine Atlantic Monthly had previously published.
Numerous sources related to Du Bois's The Souls of Black Folk can be found at the Credo online repository of the Du Bois Collection of primary and secondary materials, which are archived at the University of Massachusetts Amherst library.
Search for the keyword "Souls of Black Folk": Credo feelthefish.comed in the results are various types of documents, such as notes and drafts by Du Bois, .
Nov 17, · One of the most influential books ever published in America, W. E. B. Du Boiss The Souls of Black Folk is an eloquent collection of fourteen essays that describe the life, the ambitions, the.