The author uses great and wonderful details to describe the way a Negro slave looks at himself. “One ever feels his two-ness,—an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.” (Page 45). He really had a very sad tone when describing the American Negro slave. He starts off the statement by asking “One ever feels his two-ness.”. He was trying to explain how hard and harsh for a human being to feel not just a slave, not just what we see, but its like two persons in one.
ENG 240: Peer Review 1) The writer chose to analyze “If We Must Die” by Claude McKay; the specific argument that the writer is making is: During Slavery, the Civil War and the Reconstruction Era, African Americans gave us songs, poems and many other things that show us what they went through. These poems and songs as well as the poem, “If We Must Die” represented images that can be linked back to the oral tradition; no this argument is not unique, because we have learned in class that songs and poems created during these times shows us what they were enduring during hard times and his thesis is kind of general; The essay partially fulfills what the writer promised to talk about because the writer to the poem line by line and analyzed the poem by telling the reader what he thought each line meant but he didn’t specifically state what his main topics/arguments would be. Since his thesis is kind of general, the writer should possibly go through his essay and look for specific examples that he talked about and add some more to his thesis to make it more specific. 2) His fourth paragraph had the best evidence and analysis but it needs to be cut because it’s too big, I think the reader should focus more on the images from specific parts of the poem and talk more on the significance of the specific parts rather than analyzing the poem line by line; His first paragraph should be explained more and have examples from the text; his second paragraph could somehow be intertwined with his first paragraph since this poem paper isn’t really about the author it’s more about analyzing the essay. 3) The writer partially supports his thesis with evidence.
This journey takes Rutherford into an enterprising passage of horror and self-discovery. The Middle Passage and The Book of Negroes are two novels written by African-American scholars, as they both clearly depict the social and psychological conflicts that result from the invasion of a self-contained African society by the white man and his culture. Thus, in this paper, I argue that post-colonial theory is a useful tool to analyze the dynamics of colonization, both in Lawrence Hill’s The Book of Negroes and Charles Johnson’s Middle Passage. In particular, I investigate the novels depiction of truth and its betrayal according to the process of colonization from the perspective of the colonizer, the perspective of the colonized and the process of decolonization. The first step to utilize post-colonial criticism is to understand the impact of colonization through the perspectives of the colonizers.
The second book is A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn who presents multiple views of the war. The final novel is Jubilee by Margaret Walker. She tells a story of a black slave and her life story. Each of these books presents important views and stories to help one to understand the true effects of the civil war. Alan Brinkley is the author of the text book American history.
Nhi Tran Professor Nicholas Cox History 1301 25 November 2014 Persuasive Strategies from Harriet Jacobs Anti-slavery or abolitionism is a movement to end slavery in the nineteenth century. Many abolitionists and writers such as William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, and Lydia Maria Child use literature to fight for slaves’ freedom and human equality. Another standout abolitionist is Harriet Jacobs, an African- American writer who escapes from slavery and becomes abolitionist speaker. She contributes to anti-slavery movement in American history with her Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, one of the first autobiographical slave narratives. Under the pseudonym Linda Brent, Jacobs uses her pen to describe her struggle for freedom,
| Comparison Essay | Brandon Simmons | October 10, 2012 | The purpose of this essay is to compare “The Library Card” written by Richard Wright and “Beauty: When the Other Dancer is the Self” written by Alice Walker. These essays were written by two African American authors. Wright was born in 1908 and Walker was born in 1944. They grew up in the south during the times when America was segregated and African Americans were not free to do whatever they wanted to. Many of their stories were written about the struggles of blacks.
Professor Atkinson September 22, 2012 Response Paper BATTLE ROYAL Battle Royal is a short piece out of Ralph Ellison’s novel Invisible Man. This piece exemplifies the segregation of blacks and whites throughout the mid-19th century. The writing takes the readers through some of the struggles faced by African Americans during this time period and explores the meaning of being black, staying humble and still living your life to your satisfaction. The time period in which this novel is portrayed in, was an era of turmoil for the United States, landing most of its aggression on the African American society. With a prevalent segregation between the black and white communities, particularly in the south, the availability of opportunity for African-American citizens to grow as individuals was diminutive.
Civil Disobedience “My country tis of thee sweet land of liberty”, or so we thought. The Staple Singers, a blues/mo town band, wrote a song that showed the aggravation and persecution that pro civil rights person where feeling called “when will we be paid”. The civil rights was a movement broadcasted a major theme equality for all whether black or white, which touches on the under lying there behind “when will be paid”. In the song “when will we be paid” by the staple singers, it demonstrates how the African American population demanded composition for the work that they have done, which was a right that many protested for during the Civil Rights movement. The Staple Singers, started out as just a family then ended up as a musical sensation.
Marginalization Social identity Feminism Social injustices Class difference Emotional conflict (mental instability) Post colonialism Plot Character’s action Setting Momma Welfare Roll by Maya Angelou. Marguerite Annie Johnson; (April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) African-American author, actress, singer and dancer. Her literary creations are mainly focus on black people and the feminism. Most significant themes in her literary works are racism, identity, family and travel. The poem.
The history of African Americans goes back to the discovery of America; we were stolen from Africa and brought to America as slaves with the White Settlers (Schaefer, 2012). Even after President Abraham Lincoln issued the District of Columbia Emancipation Act and the Emancipation Proclamation, that freed the slaves, African Americans were still mentally enslaved. Some of us are still in mental captivity today. Throughout history, I feel African Americans