31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on 10 August 2001
I studied US History at university. Like mmost US history courses, we studied the slave trade and its repurcussions on society and we were encouraged to read DuBois although I never got around to it. I'm glad I picked up this book, which is essentially a group of stories and observations on life 'behind the veil'. I was reading and reading and taking it all in, and then I came to a paragraph in the last chapter asking the question 'would America be as it is today if it wasn't for the negro slave?'. I read this paragraph ten times at least. I have no answer for the questions it poses, but it really sums the book up. This is essential reading. I would heartily recommend it to anybody.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 5 December 1999
Ive read it and re-read it and there still new facets to this book which I discover. Its a great literary book which deserves to be studied in school and discussed by children of all races.The author covers many of the topics and issues of his time and makes his views plain. the third chapter in which he gives his opinion of Booker Washington needs to be read through with a calm, clear mind. Its one of the most important essays ever written by an African american. This £1.90 edition is the best value edition going so you really have no excuses.
on 29 March 2014
This deep and insightful expose on the life, trials and tribulations of what it means to be black at the end of slavery and the beginning of the twentieth century is an eye opener. Du Bois invites the reader into an otherwise hidden world of the struggles that black people endured not just at the hand of society, but within their own environment as individuals strive to move themselves from the live they were born into, to achieve their dreams and aspiration of a better life; not just for themselves, but for their future generation.
Although I have not read this book fully, I will continue to dip in and out of it to continue learning more about a time past that has had so much impact on my presence because of the sacrifice and endurance of those gone on before me.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is serious in learning more about the history of the ex-slaves and their contribution to society; even if most of that contribution is unacknowledged.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 20 June 2014
SHOULD BE READ BY ALL FOR FURTHER KNOWLEDGE AND BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF A NATION OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN DESTROYED FROM THE ROOTS AND ROBBED OF THEIR HERITAGE AND ANCESTRAL KNOWLEDGE AND HISTORY BY A WIDE VARIETY OF INVADERS WHO SEEKED TO STEAL RAPE AND DESTROY A PEOPLE AND STILL ARE TO THIS VERY DAY.
PLANT THE SEED AND WATCH IT GROW.