With his collection of essays that were first published in .
1903, Du Bois shows us his view, and that of other African .
Americans, on the black experience after emancipation and .
during reconstruction in the South. The Souls of Black Folk .
is made up of a collection of fourteen essays, all which .
tell a different story ranging from racial inequality to .
stories of black sharecroppers. He addresses what he calls .
"the problem with the color-line" and also the problems that .
faced blacks who tried to incorporate themselves into a .
society dominated by whites. He explains the position that .
Booker T. Washington had on reconstruction and the role of .
African Americans in the society, and then he proceeds to .
attack Washington's position. Through these brief .
historical accounts and his own personal experiences, Du .
Bois establishes his own position on what the African .
Americans need to do to get the equality that is stated in .
the Constitution of the United States. This collection of .
essays became the backbone of a generation of thought for .
African Americans in the 20th century.
The "problem with the color-line" is one of the many things .
that Du Bois brings to our attention in these essays. The .
"color-line" is the division between the blacks and the .
whites in society. The problem that arises from the .
color-line is the obvious segregation of the two races which .
results in a what Du Bois refers to as a "veil" that changes .
the way that blacks look on the society around them. In Du .
Bois's discussion of this veil, it seems as if the veil only .
effects the blacks and has no adverse effects on the whites .
in society. The effect of this veil on the blacks is that .
they see the world through the eyes of the white society. .
This then affects the way that they approach their roles in .
the society in which they live.
This veil also leads to cause another problem, one of which .
is one that is discussed through a story of John Jones in .