W.E.B. Du Bois/Double Consciousness

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A 5 page research paper/essay that discusses the opening chapter of his landmark 1903 text, The Souls of Black Folk, by African American leader W.E.B. Du Bois outlines the emotional dichotomy inherent in the lives of black Americans, a dichotomy that he termed “double-consciousness.” This term concisely and eloquently refers to the perception of African Americans that they have two identities—that of being an “American,” but also that of being “black.” Examination of Du Bois’ concept, first of all, summarizes his position and discusses the accuracy of this position, but then also looks at how this concept applies to the lived experience of African Americans during the post-World War II era. Bibliography lists 5 sources.