Equality in African-American Literature
An examinarion of works by Booker T. Washington, Zora Neale Hurston and Ralph Ellison that describe African-Americans' needs for equality and freedom.
# 94626 | 1,042 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2007 |
Published on May 03, 2007 in Literature (American) , African-American Studies (Slavery) , African-American Studies (Racism) , African-American Studies (Black Philosophy)
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This paper examines how African-Americans' repeated struggles to obtain freedom from Southern slavery as well as their quest for social, economic and educational equality with whites, have been starkly and vividly described by a number of African-American authors. It points out that among these are the black educational leader Booker T. Washington; the novelist, short story writer and essayist Zora Neale Hurston and the novelist Ralph Ellison. The paper analyzes Washington's "The Atlanta Exposition", Hurston's "How It Feels to Be Colored Me" and Ellison's "Battle Royal" in terms of depictions of the African-American struggle toward equality, freedom and self-actualization.
Sample of Sources Used:
- Ellison, Ralph. "Battle Royal" [from Invisible Man]. In The Norton Anthology of American Literature. 6th ed. Vol. E. Nina Baym, et al. (Eds.). 2083-2093.
- Hurston, Zora Neale. "How It Feels to Be Colored Me," In The Norton Anthology of American Literature. 6th ed. Vol. D. Nina Baym et al. (Eds.). 1516-1518.
- Washington, Booker T. "The Atlanta Exposition" [from Up from Slavery]. The Norton Anthology of American Literature. 6th ed. Vol. C: Nina Baym et al. (Eds.).
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