Quotation by W.E.B. Du Bois

An American, a Negro ... two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.
W.E.B. (William Edward Burghardt) Du Bois (1868–1963), U.S. civil rights leader, author. The Souls of Black Folk, ch. 1 (1903).

"The history of the American Negro," wrote Du Bois, "is the history of this strife."
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