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There is a discussion of what appears to be more or less the samephenomena in Du Bois’s book Dusk of Dawn, published in1940, two years after Du Bois turned seventy. Indeed, since Duskof Dawn is more nearly autobiographical in design thanSouls—its subtitle is An Essay Toward anAutobiography of a Race Concept—it’s not surprisingthat Du Bois writes more expansively there of the experience of livingin conditions of segregation and white supremacy, even though hedoesn’t use the term employed in Souls. But also, bythis time, his conception of race itself has opened up even furtherbeyond that of any linear historical development. As he writes at theend of the central chapter of that book, “The Concept ofRace”,

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