Over a century ago, W.E.B. Du Bois penned in his book, The Souls of Black Folk, that, “the problem of the 20th Century is that of the color line” (Du, 2008). At present, the historic re-election of the Barrack Obama has led pundits to quip that America is progressing in a post racism society. However, some pundits still provide that even in the 21st Century racial hierarchy and racism are still prevalent though at a lower rate than in the centuries before.
The question of the ‘color-line’ as Du Bois termed racism brought about the American Civil War and as much as the armed forces on both the Northern and Southern fronts’ battles against each other, deep down everyone understood that the quest for Negro equality with the White American was the real basis for the War. The Northern states favored the abolition of slavery while the South was ardently against the abolition of slavery as its economic dependence on slave labor was too immense to restructure (Du, 2008). This essay seeks to describe the origins of the phrase ‘for