The Quest of the Silver Fleece [electronic resource] : A Novel / W. E. B. Du Bois.

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Du Bois, W. E. B., author.
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De Gruyter Online.
Philadelphia, Pa. : University of Pennsylvania Press, [2005]
Pine Street Books.
Pine Street Books
1 online resource (440 pages) : illustrations.
African American women -- Fiction.
Cotton trade -- Fiction.
Power (Social sciences) -- Fiction.
Race -- Fiction.
Rejection (Psychology) -- Fiction.
Social classes -- Fiction.
Swamps -- Fiction.
In English.
William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (1868-1963) was an American sociologist, author, and cofounder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) His pioneering works The Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study and The Negro are also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.
Set in Alabama and Washington, D.C., in the early part of the twentieth century, W. E. B. Du Bois's first novel weaves the themes of racial equality and understanding through the stark reality of prejudice and bias. Originally published in 1911 and conceived immediately after The Souls of Black Folk, Du Bois turned to fiction to carry his message to a popular audience who were unfamiliar with his nonfiction works. Du Bois addresses the fact that, despite the legal emancipation of African Americans, the instruments of oppression, in both the economy and government, remained in good working order. At the time he was writing, powerful white industrialists controlled the cotton industry, the "silver fleece" that depended, as it did during slavery, on the physical labor of African Americans. White Americans also controlled local and national government.In the novel, Blessed "Bles" Alwyn, a young man seeking formal education to improve himself, is captivated by Zora, a vivacious, independent woman who lives outside society in a mysterious swamp. Faced with shocking events in Zora's past and ambivalence about how a black man should integrate into American society, Bles pursues his goals and ends up in Washington to assist on a senator's campaign. While in the city, he meets successful African Americans-and falls in love-but he ultimately recoils from the hypocrisies they must endure in order to be accepted in society. Instead, he is compelled to return to Alabama and Zora, where he must face his greatest challenges and fears.With its frank and clear language, The Quest of the Silver Fleece is a remarkable portrait of racial prejudice at the turn of the twentieth century. Through the characters, Du Bois demonstrates the efficacy of self-sufficiency for those who face discrimination while championing the benefits of strength in diversity to American society as a whole.
1. Dreams
2. The School
3. Miss Mary Taylor
4. Town
5. Zora
6. Cotton
7. The Place of Dreams
8. Mr. Harry Cresswell
9. The Planting
10. Mr. Taylor Calls
11. The Flowering of the Fleece
12. The Promise
13. Mrs. Grey Gives a Dinner
14. Love
15. Revelation
16. The Great Refusal
17. The Rape of the Fleece
18. The Cotton Corner
19. The Dying of Elspeth
20. The Weaving of the Silver Fleece
21. The Marriage Morning
22. Miss Caroline Wynn
23. The Training of Zora
24. The Education of Alwyn
25. The Campaign
26. Congressman Cresswell
27. The Vision of Zora
28. The Annunciation
29. A Master of Fate
30. The Return of Zora
31. A Parting of Ways
32. Zora's Way
33. The Buying of the Swamp
34. The Return of Alwyn
35. The Cotton Mill
36. The Land
37. The Mob
38. Atonement.
4 illustrations.
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De Gruyter University Press Library.
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