African American Identity: From 1865 to the Present
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The paper discusses how African-American identity since 1865 has been constantly shaped by the cultural, political and social shifts in American identity and thought.
From the Paper:"Langston Hughes' seminal poem, "I, Too, Sing America", talks for generations of silenced African Americans. It talks about how Blacks, though they are marginalized and degraded as a part of standardized social oppression, grow strong in waiting. The poem asserts that "tomorrow/I'll be at the table/When the company comes (Hughes, 2001)." Hughes demands of America that Blacks get a better future, one of dignity. "Besides/They'll see how beautiful I am/And be ashamed./I, too, am America (Hughes, 2001)." Hughes yearns for America to see the beauty in his identity, an identity that is constantly being redefined by American standards. African American..."
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