The Souls of Black Folk


W.E.B. Du Bois

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The Souls of Black Folk: The Afterthought Summary & Analysis

The Afterthought is only one paragraph long, and addresses the reader, asking that they hear his cry and that the book will not fall into the “wilderness.” Du Boishopes that “the ears of a guilty people [will] tingle with truth,” and that human reason will find a solution to the “mockery” of human unity and compassion. He concludes by noting that he hopes this is “not indeed the end.”
In this passage, Du Bois hints again that he is primarily addressing a white audience, and he hopes that learning more about the reality of black life will inspire them to effect change. Although Du Bois expresses faith in human reason, he also expresses uncertainty that reason will prevail.
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