African-American Literature Analytical Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

African-American Literature
An overview of African-American literature.
# 118059 | 2,384 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Dec 31, 2009 in Literature (American) , African-American Studies (General)

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This paper discusses literature in the African-American community and the significance it holds. It provides a brief history of African-American literature and about the prejudices that authors faced to have their works recognized. The paper also provides examples of noted African-American authors from before America gained its independence until the present day.

From the Paper:

"Since African Americans were first brought to America as slaves, they have been the victims of repression and cruelty. This began with slavery, continued on to segregation, and even continues on today through various forms of racism. Throughout this entire situation, African Americans have produced many different forms of literature, which has a great significance in history. Through African American literature, it is possible to follow the struggles of African Americans from their own points of view. It is also possible to see the different ideologies that shaped the foundation for the Civil Rights Movement, among other things. African Americans were brought to the United States as slaves, and they have been treated as second class citizens ever since. At first, their literature was not taken seriously as it should have been, and it also was often thought to be unoriginal. Over the years, African American authors slowly began making progress in society. This began with them getting the proper recognition for their work. Next, they began to enter into mainstream society and be recognized as legitimate artists. Finally, they achieved complete integration into mainstream literature, but the importance of the early African American literature remains as large as ever. Through the various social movements that have occurred over the years, African American authors have been able to gain national and international recognition for their contributions to the arts."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Brown, William Wells. Narrative of William Wells Brown A Slave Fugitive Written by Himself. Kessinger Publishing. 2004.
  • Douglass, Frederick. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave. Yale University Press. 2001.
  • Gates, Henry Louis Jr. The Trials of Phillis Wheatley. Basic Civitas Books. 2003.
  • Reuben, Paul E. "PAL: Harlem Renaissance". 2005. 11 May, 2006.
  • Watson, Steven. The Harlem Renaissance. Pantheon. 1995.

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