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“Double-consciousness” is a concept W. E. B. Du Bois introduced in the The Souls of Black Folk. “Double-consciousness” as Du Bois says is “always looking at one's self through the eyes of others, of measuring one's soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity" (Du Bois 132). Basically, it is having two opinions about oneself. Throughout history of formation of America, Africans had a hard time trying to merge in this “Melting Pot.” Slavery started around 1600s and ended when the 13th Amendment was passed in 1865 outlawing slavery. Before the 13th Amendment was passed, from 1861-1865 there was a civil war in United States. During the Civil war, in 1863, Lincoln passed the Emancipation Proclamation freeing all the slaves in the south. He was afraid that after the war people would not take Emancipation Proclamation seriously so he then passed the 13th Amendment which outlawed slavery throughout United States. After Civil war from 1865-1875 was Reconstruction period in America. Post-Reconstruction things become worse for Africans. Due to all the events that took place in the past, Africans had the sense of not belonging to America and the sense of not being free even after the 13th Amendment. Going through these events caused Africans to be more confused about their identity and place in America. “Double-consciousness” makes one confused about their identity. It is the struggle of trying to figure out where one belongs. The feeling of “two-ness.” The constant struggle of wanting to be “Negro and... American, without being cursed and spit upon by his fellows, without having the doors of Opportunity closed roughly in his face" (Du Bois 132). The constant battle between being an American and an African. Throughou...

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African Americans have been dealing with “double-consciousness” since the age of slavery. They always struggled when it came to know where they belong or what their identity is. Although throughout history some African Americans feel as they are part of American society yet a handful of them thing otherwise. It is not their fault that they question who they are and where they belong because after all the things they went through, they are afraid to raise their voice for their rights. That fear of being treated bad is always there. People like Bill Cosby are doing anything in their power to try to encourage African Americans to be better people and be part of the society. It will take few generations for “double-conciseness” to not be part of African American culture. But as time passes we as a society will overcome it.
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