“The Afterthought,” from The Souls of Black Folk

Hear my cry, O God the Reader; vouchsafe that this my book fall not still-born…

“The Sorrow Songs,” from The Souls of Black Folk

THEY that walked in darkness sang songs in the olden days--Sorrow Songs--for they were weary…

“Of the Faith of the Fathers,” from The Souls of Black Folk

It WAS out in the country, far from home, far from my foster home, on…

“Of the Sons of Master and Man,” from The Souls of Black Folk

The world-old phenomenon of the contact of diverse races of men is to have new…

The Name “Negro”

Dear Sir: I am only a high school student in my Sophomore year, and have…

“The Black Man and the Unions”

I am among the few colored men who have tried conscientiously to bring about understanding…

The Philadelphia Negro

Color Prejudice-- Incidentally throughout this study the prejudice against the Negro has been again and…

President Harding and Social Equality

For fifty years we who, pro and con, have discussed the Negro Problem, have been…

Returning Soldiers

We are returning from war! The Crisis and tens of thousands of black men were…

I Am Resolved

I am resolved in this New Year to play the man — to stand straight,…

The Conservation of Races

The American Negro has always felt an intense personal interest in discussions as to the…

An Open Letter to Warren Gamaliel Harding

Sir: By an unprecedented vote you have been called to the most powerful position in…

Agitation

Some good friends of the cause we represent fear agitation. They say: "Do not agitate—do…

The Crisis

The object of this publication is to set forth those facts and arguments which show…

Another Open Letter to Woodrow Wilson

Sir: On the occasion of your inauguration as President of the United States, The Crisis…

Open Letter to Woodrow Wilson

Sir: Your inauguration to the Presidency of the United States is to the colored people,…

Of the Training of Black Men

From the shimmering swirl of waters where many, many thoughts ago the slave-ship first saw…

Of Booker T. Washington and Others

Easily the most striking thing in the history of the American Negro since 1876 is…

The Forethought

Herein lie buried many things which if read with patience may show the strange meaning…

Of Our Spiritual Strivings

Between me and the other world there is ever an unasked question: unasked by some…

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was a Southern poor white, of illegitimate birth, poorly educated and unusually ugly,…

Again, Lincoln

We love to think of the Great as flawless. We yearn in our imperfection toward…

Niagara Movement Speech

The men of the Niagara Movement coming from the toil of the year’s hard work…

The Talented Tenth

The Negro race, like all races, is going to be saved by its exceptional men.…

The Evolution of Negro Leadership

In every generation of our national life, from Phillis Wheatley to Booker Washington, the Negro…