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  • Crimination Toward The Black People In Ernest J Gaines - 1,644 words
    CHAPTER I INTRODUCTION Charles Johnson states that actually there had been no Black problem until the Civil War. It is because before the Blacks had only been chattels. The War happened because the Blacks want their freedom in education, employment, the vote, regularized marriage and even the acquisition of a surname (Butcher: 243). The Congress in 1875 adopted a statue which allowed the equality of facilities and accommodation for every race and color, but the famous Plessy-Ferguson Decision in 1896 gave legal discrimination and segregation by virtue of its separate but equal doctrine. This doctrine arouse the discrimination and segregation toward the Black people (Gordon: 108) The Autobiog ...
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  • International Terrorism - 1,431 words
    INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM By John Freel. This was a very difficult project for me to carry out, coming from an area were racial discrimination is almost non existent were only sometimes does religious bigotry raise it's ugly head, but not nearly in the proportions of this project. Ku Klux Klan, is a secret terrorist organisation that originated in the southern states during the period of Reconstruction following the American Civil War and was reactivated on a wider geographic basis in the 20th century. The original Klan was organised in Pulaski, Tennessee, on December 24, 1865, by six former Confederate army officers who gave their society a name taken from the Greek word kuklos, which means c ...
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  • Strength Within Creativity - 748 words
    Despite oppression, African-American women of the past were able to overcome obstacles by taking on the role of artists. They relied on their creative spirits to carry them through their wretched existence. In Alice Walker's essay "In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens," she explains how the mothers and grandmothers of her generation held on to their dignity and strength through their expression of creativity. The boldness represented by this creativity shows the dynamic depth of their souls and the courage they found within it. Walker gives examples of some of these women in her essay and uses this method to effectively express her point. Women such as Mahalia Jackson, Elizabeth Catlett, and Fr ...
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  • Beloved - 1,135 words
    Toni Morrison was born in Loraine, Ohio on February 18, 1931. She has accomplished many things from then until now. From writing several books to being a trustee of the National Humanities Center, she finds the time to remain grounded and stable. She has written many books, one namely Beloved which focuses on one womans trials and tribulations. Beloved is about a woman named Sethe, now living in the Reconstruction-era farming country of Ohio. Proud and beautiful, she escaped from slavery, but is haunted by its heritage. She must deal with this haunted life on every level, from the fires of the flesh to the heartbreaking challenges to the spirit. Set in rural Ohio several years after the Civi ...
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  • Blind Conformity - 692 words
    In today's world it is often difficult to adjust to one type of lifestyle or another. The constant bombardment of outside opinions hamper our ability, as humans, to choose and be comfortable with a certain way of living. Our way of living may consist of a look, a way of thinking, a religion, or any facet of our personalities that may not conform with whatever is the norm or the accepted at a given time. When this is the case, we sometimes feel forced to change, thus we are susceptible to blind conformity. The word conformity comes from the Latin words con, which means with or together, and forma, which means to shape or mold. Therefore, blind conformity is actually a molding of ourselves tog ...
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  • Was America A Free Society In The 1920s - 1,215 words
    Was America really a free society in the 1920's? Freedom covers many aspects of life : human rights, religious freedom, economic freedom, freedom of expression and political freedom. In America in the 1920's there was an illusion of freedom - but some people were more free than others and this depended on race, social class and political belief. There was a big divide between rich and poor and this was further exagerrated by the divide between the urban and rural populations. The smaller farmers suffered from low income. The government did nothing to help, as it was Republican and believed in not interfering with American peoples lives. This ties in with the idea of economic freedom - the ru ...
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  • Racism In Huck Finn - 1,187 words
    ... a was to underscore the chilling truth about the old south, that it was a society where perfectly "nice" people didn't consider the death of a black person worth their notice. Because of his upbringing, the boy starts out that slavery is part of the natural order; but as the story unfolds he wrestles with his conscience, and when the crucial moment comes he decides he will be damned to the flames of hell rather than betray his black friend. And Jim, as Twain presents him, is hardly a caricature. Rather, he is the moral center of the book, a man of courage and nobility, who risks his freedom risks his life -- for the sake of his friend Huck. (Swalden 2) Booker T. Washington noted how Twa ...
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  • Invisible Man - 1,691 words
    ... n he "wakes up in a black man's skin" (Griffon 161). According to The Closing of the American Mind, all identities "depends on the free consent of individuals" (Bloom 110). A president holds his identity only because people elect to see him that way, otherwise he is like any ordinary Joe; even if he thinks of himself as really nothing more than of common flesh and bones, he is no less a president because his identity is for the public to perceive and not for himself. Even if there is a single person who considers him a president, he is a president to that person. Just like how the narrator is perceived as a "fink" when he stumbled into a Union meeting. That is his identity in that partic ...
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  • The Use Of Race In Their Eyes Were Watching God - 862 words
    The Use of Race in Their Eyes Were Watching God This novel, while poetically conveying a black woman's pursuit of true love, seriously addresses society's ability to be judgmental and oppressive. Gender, race, economic security, and social stratification share equally important roles in the development of the main character, Janie. Hurston vividly describes how each qualification specifically affects the character, although the racial implications are much more subtle. This subtlety allows the reader to mistakenly perceive indifferent or positive feelings towards the novels black community. Hurston initially establishes the ideal unimportance of race by using Janie's innocent childhood memor ...
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  • A Lesson Before Dying - 1,818 words
    A Lesson Before Dying takes place in a small Louisiana Cajun community in the late 1940s. In the novel, Jefferson, a young black man, is an unwitting party to a liquor store shoot out in which three men are killed; being the only survivor, he is convicted of a murder and sentenced to death. Jeffersons personality and physical appearance in the novel provides not only a relationship to the courtroom and his cell, but also connected to the geographical setting of the In the initial setting of the novel, Jefferson sits in a courtroom located in rural Louisiana, which is filled with anger , tension, isolation, and quietness from the people in the room. This setting of the book supports Jefferson ...
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  • Their Eyes Were Watching God Character Analysis - 1,166 words
    ... f of talk: "It was the time to hear things and talk." Janey ends the novel with a comment on this talk: "Talking don't amount to a hill of beans when yuh can't do nothin' else." The bulk of the novel itself is composed of Janey's dialogue. The book addresses the role of language, orality and speaking in society and inner growth. Why the emphasis on language, and it's opposite, silence? Without the silence in Janey's earlier years, could she have asked questions? How could she have found questions if there were no years to ask questions? Language is important to humankind for communication, but beyond that, language serves as the medium for preserving culture. Specifically for African-Ame ...
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  • Monkeys Are Always Funny - 1,610 words
    ... we don't need to question or doubt anything. 'Faith,' he said, 'is a last- ditch resort,' and we don't need that one bit, do we honey?" She turned to her husband, who was getting a headache over his left eye. He winced, but it was perceived by his wife as a smile. Mr. Tweedy had taken a seat next to Mrs. Drake, whom he had always thought had great legs. Lucy ran to get the phone, which was ringing in the Fellowship Hall. "No Ma'am," Mr. Tweedy replied, glancing down briefly at her size D breasts. Still perky. And fourteen years after her child, he thought. I bet her little girl's gonna be a real looker, too. He snapped out of it. "There isn't any news." "He couldn't have just disappeared ...
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  • A Prologue Of The Cay - 568 words
    It has been may years since I; Phillip Enright was stranded on the tiny island, Devil's Mouth with my beloved friend Timothy, and our one comfort, Stew Cat. Its been 50 years to be exact and in all 61 years of my life, nothing has impacted me more As I sit hear in the comfort of my beautiful home, relaxing in my easy chair feeling the warmth of the glowing fire I am remembering. Happy yet sad, but I'll talk about that later. It's not every day that I afford myself the luxury of really pondering the time spent with timothy years ago, but since my wife Jule is visiting our son, Timothy, his wife and our firts grandbaby (another Timothy! we call him Tim) I can sit back and reflect upon those da ...
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  • Huck Finn - 1,049 words
    In the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, the main character enters a transitional period of his life. This character, Huck Finn, faces many situations forcing him to deal with decisions that carry with them the ability to bring about change. Since transition can be defined as "the process of entering change", Huck begins searching for an identity which is truly his own. In determining his self image, Huck deals with conformity and freedom, trying on different identities that do not belong to him, and shaping these new found tributes into an identity which best suits his conscience. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn begins with Huck under the care of Widow Douglas as " ...
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  • To Kill A Mockingbird Esaay - 529 words
    Many people are categorized according to their social status. Social status is consisting of wealthy people, then middle-class, and the poor or lower income people. Some of these examples are shown in the novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. With Maycombs social structure were the Cunninghams, the Ewells and the Blacks. In Maycombs county the Cunninghams were poor people, but hard working people. With the Maycombs society the majority of the people were made up of farmers in this small Alabama community. The Cunninghams did not have a lot of money but were proud people. They would not accept any charity from anyone unless they felt that they would be able to repay them back. They used ...
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  • Sanctioned Murder - 1,055 words
    Old Sparky and Gruesome Gertie (affectionate names for the electric chair) have taken the lives of many, even the innocent (Finnerty 18). They are prejudiced and lack compassion. However, many Americans believe that they represent justice. Capital punishment does not represent justice, but vengeance and hate. Among the 7,000 people estimated to have been killed in the United States between 1900 and 1985, at least 23 were innocent (Finnerty 18). In at least 8 of 261 executions performed since 1976, something went wrong; for example, the executioner couldn't find a good vein, or the first jolt of electricity failed to do the trick (Finnerty 18). An innocent person, let alone 23 that were wrong ...
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  • Israel Potter - 344 words
    The bricks immediately lining the vaults would be all burnt to useless scrolls, black as charcoalthe next tier would be a little less withered, but hardly fit for service; and gradually, as you went higher and higher along the successive layers of kiln, you came to the midmost ones, sound, square, and perfect bricks, bringing the highest prices; from these the contents of the kiln gradually deteriorated in the opposite direction, upward. (Chapter 23, pp.156) This particular quote plays on the class system in society. It breaks down the class rankings bit by bit, starting with the lowest level. The peasants were at the bottom of the barrel, and were considered to be dirty people who took up s ...
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  • Gwendolyn Brooks Explication - 1,238 words
    ... rity and doubt. She is telling her lover that this is how their love was Surely But I am very off from that. This opening line is very powerful in its meaning. It is as if she was going to write another line about how sure their love is, but then she stops. Their relationship is no longer so sure. In fact, what she is saying in the octave has a very detached meaning. Surely she could go to find him, but she doesnt, surely he stays certain, but is he certain? Is their love still certain? The answer to both of these questions is no. Her new belief is marked by a change in the rhyme scheme. The scheme of efggfe suggests that the speaker introduces the new concept, supports it with facts, a ...
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  • Raisin In The Sun - 2,468 words
    The action of the play takes place in the poor South side of Chicago, sometime after World War II, probably around 1959. Most of the action takes place in the apartment of the Youngers, especially in the living/dining room and near the bathroom that they share with the Johnson family. Some of the action also takes place in the kitchen and in the two small bedrooms. The first bedroom is shared by Mama and her daughter, Beneatha; the second serves as a bedroom for Walter and his wife, Ruth. The furnishings in the Younger household are typical and tasteful, but worn; it is obvious that they have had to accommodate too many people for too many years. Crocheted doilies and covers are used to hide ...
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  • Raisin In The Sun - 2,473 words
    ... his attempts to kiss her, he departs. Mama asks her daughter whether she had a nice time. Beneatha says that she thinks George is stupid. Mama tells her that she need not waste time with fools. Beneatha is glad that she is understanding. Mrs. Johnson, a neighbor, enters. She has come over to warn the Youngers of the dangers involved in moving into a white neighborhood. Her concern for their welfare does not seem very genuine; instead, she comes across as an interfering busybody, who gets into a small argument with Mama. After Mrs. Johnson leaves, Walter's employer calls to ask why he has not come to work for three days. Mama quizzes Walter about where he has been. He tells her that he h ...
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