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To Burghardt and Yolande 

 T he L ost and the
The Forethought
Herein lie buried many things which if read with patience may
show the strange meaning of being black here at the dawning of
the Twentieth Century. This meaning is not without interest to you,
Gentle Reader; for the problem of the Twentieth Century is the
problem of the color line. I pray you, then, receive my little book
in all charity, studying my words with me, forgiving mistake and
foible for sake of the faith and passion that is in me, and seeking
the grain of truth hidden there.
I have sought here to sketch, in vague, uncertain outline, the
spiritual world in which ten thousand thousand Americans live and
strive. First, in two chapters I have tried to show what
Emancipation meant to them, and what was its aftermath. In a third
chapter I have pointed out the slow rise of personal leadership, and
criticized candidly the leader who bears the chief burden of his
race to-day. Then, in two other chapters I have sketched in swift
outline the two worlds within and without the Veil, and thus have
come to the central problem of training men for life. Venturing
now into deeper detail, I have in two chapters studied the struggles