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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Final Presentation Summary

My presentation will be on the theory of African American  "double consciousness" presented by W.E.B. DuBois. This term refers to the internal challenge African Americans face between balancing their African heritage with a European education and culture. DuBois describes double consciousness as a "sense of always looking at one's self through the eyes of others". Because Africans were brought to the Americas and essentially forced to start a new life, a divide between African Americans and true Africans formed. Early African Americans looked at Africa as their native land and were they belonged. At the same time they associated America with oppression and slavery, yet through circumstances becoming accustom to the American culture.

Here are a few references to help further your knowledge on the subject.

Du Bois, W.E.B. “Double Consciousness and the Veil.” The Souls of Black Folk.New York: Bantam, 1989.

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