American Civil Rights and Literature Term Paper by DrDom

American Civil Rights and Literature
A discussion on the importance of African-American literature and its impact on equal rights.
# 75189 | 973 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2006 | US

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This paper examines how some of the greatest prose ever to come to light was written by impoverished and abused slaves and how following directly in their footsteps, their African-American ancestors put together still more works that became absolute national treasures in the literary community and beyond. It looks at how as a result of this literature, the civil rights movement was born and how rather than using scare tactics and hatred, propaganda and violence, the vast majority of America's African American community took up a non-aggressive stance and set about to change the very face of the U.S. It uses quotes from Langston Hughes's "Harlem", and Brent Staples's "Black Men and Public Space."

From the Paper:

"The poem, "Harlem," by the much revered black author Langston Hughes, despite being rather succinct in nature is absolutely invaluable when looking at the American civil rights movement. It is most valuable in the sense that it was written prior to the beginning of the movement, and it gives us an insight into what Hughes believed would happen in the Negro community at the time. The splendid imagery used by Hughes describes a vast multitude of scenarios that might have sprung up had the civil rights movement taken a different spin. "

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