Darkwater

Darkwater:Voices from Within the Veil

  • Paperback

    + free ebook

    Regular price $19.95 Sale price $15.96
    Page redirects on selection
    Add to cart
    20% off
  • Paperback (2016)

    + free ebook

    Regular price $17.95 Sale price $14.36
    Page redirects on selection
    Add to cart
    20% off
  • Ebook

    Regular price $9.99 Sale price $7.99
    Page redirects on selection
    Add to cart
    20% off

Legendary black scholar W.E.B. Du Bois's most passionate and searing work denouncing the global color line.

“I have been in the world, but not of it,” W.E.B. Du Bois begins this book, a continuation of the project he began in his celebrated work The Souls of Black Folk, describing the devastation of segregation, slavery, and the global color line that veiled half the world’s people in shadow. First published in 1920, Darkwater gives voice to the rising power of “the darker races” around the world, and includes Africa’s blistering indictment of Europe, a study of the curious and twisted souls of white folk, and his landmark essay “The Damnation of Women,” in which he most seriously explores women’s oppression and the double burdens forced onto black women. Combining essays and analysis with poetry, allegory, and short fiction, Darkwater is an angry and eloquent argument that, as Du Bois writes, “a belief in humanity is a belief in colored men.”

With a new introduction from award-winning poet and novelist Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, and a historical preface by Manning Marable.

Reviews

  • The greatest of the early civil-rights leaders, a figure of towering significance in American politics and letters.

    The Guardian
  • Du Bois essentially defined black America in the 20th century with his notion of "double consciousness" - the idea that African Americans experience everything in this world both as Americans and as black people. Scholars have come up shaky in their efforts to update Du Bois's simple, but ingenious formula.

    Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • [Du Bois was] the greatest of the early civil-rights leaders, a figure of towering significance in American politics and letters ... Remembered for his single-minded commitment to racial justice and his capacity to shape black consciousness, Du Bois used language and ideas to hammer out a strategy for political equality and to sound the depths of the black experience in the aftermath of slavery.

    Stuart Hall