On the Blackness of Blacknuss: Of the Dawn of Freedom by W.E.B. Du Bois

The second chapter of his acclaimed book, The Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. DuBois’s historical account of Freedman’s Bureau during reconstruction poses a new light amongst the other essays in “On the Blackness of BLACKNUSS.” His essay begins and ends with the same terse sentence: “The problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color-line.” By reintroducing his essay in Moor’s Head Press’ series, DuBois’ historical account of the period from 1861 to 1872 as the “dawn of freedom” – focusing on the Freedmen’s Bureau, its promise, achievements, and doom – sheds a new light on a contemporary that eerily reflects an unjust past.

One in the series of “On the Blackness of BLACKNUSS,” initiated by the Moor’s Head Press of BLACKNUSS: books and other relics and published by Publication Studio Hudson. The series is edited by Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts in the year of Eric Garner, John Crawford III, Mike Brown, Tamir Rice, Cameron Tillman, VonDerrit Myers, Jr., Lacquan McDonald, Carey Smith-Viramontes, Jeffrey Holden, Qusean Whitten, Miguel Benton, Dillon McGee, Levi Weaver, Karen Cifuentes, Sergio Ramos, Roshad McIntosh, Diana Showman, and Akai Gurley. The emblem of the blindfolded moor is looted from the ancient flag of Sardinia. Formerly a heraldic allegorical image symbolizing European victories in the Crusades and echoed in the beheadings of enslaved Africans who rose up to assert their liberty, it now represents the mission of Moor’s Head Press to take our heads back



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