The Souls of Black Folk
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Barack Obama (Former USA President)
According to the president’s Facebook page and a 2008 interview with the New York Times, these titles are among his most influential forever favorites:
- Moby Dick, Herman Melville
- Self-Reliance, Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Song Of Solomon, Toni Morrison
- Parting The Waters, Taylor Branch
- Gilead, Marylinne Robinson
- Best and the Brightest, David Halberstam
- The Federalist, Alexander Hamilton
- Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. Du Bois
- The Power and the Glory, Graham Greene
- The Quiet American, Graham Greene
- Cancer Ward, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
- Gandhi’s autobiography
- Working, Studs Terkel
- Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith
- Theory of Moral Sentiments, Adam Smith
- All the King’s Men, Robert Penn Warren
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 1903, contains several essays on race, some of which the magazine Atlantic Monthly had previously published. To develop this work, Du Bois drew from his own experiences as an African American in the American society.
Outside of its notable relevance in African-American history, The Souls of Black Folk also holds an important place in social science as one of the early works in the field of sociology.
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