The Battle for the Souls of Black Folk: W.E.B. Du Bois, Booker T. Washington, and the Debate That Shaped the Course of Civil Rights

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In the 20 years between 1895 and 1915, two key leaders―Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois―shaped the struggle for African American rights. This book examines the impact of their fierce debate on America's response to Jim Crow and positions on civil rights throughout the 20th century―and evaluates the legacies of these two individuals even today.

• Offers a fresh exploration of the fascinating conversations and controversies between two of the most important African American leaders in history

• Provides an in-depth exploration of these two important leaders' perspectives and views on America's response to Jim Crow and civil rights that leads to significant new conclusions about historical information

• Presents the words of DuBois, Washington, and their allies as a conversation that enables readers to better understand the big-picture story of these two scholars