African American Singer Marian Anderson Analysis

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Marian Anderson was a very accomplished lady; had a very beautiful contralto and operatic voice. We learn from Hughes’s nonfiction passage and Stamberg’s article that on top of being a great singer, she was able to overcome racial discrimination even though she was black. Both of these writing pieces bring out the same purpose. That is to inform the public of who Anderson was and what her many accomplishments were. Hughes demonstrates this message in a very clear way. One of the ways he shows this is when he states Anderson and Roland Hayes, another African American singer, broke the stereotype about that the only songs that blacks sing are spirituals. Additionally, her next accomplishment took place during the New York Philharmonic concert.…show more content…
This was a major accomplishment for her because not many blacks, at the time, won awards like she did. Many people would say that being black is bad but this one Scandinavian read about a concert that Anderson was putting on and said “Ah, a Negro singer with a Swedish name! She is bound to be a success in Scandinavia”. Anderson was putting her name on the map. Because this Scandinavian liked her voice, he encouraged his friends to hear her as well;they liked her voice too and she became very famous and popular in the Scandinavian territories. Another big achievement was when she performed in the Salzburg festival! She was not only famous in Europe, her fame and popularity grew over seas and was considered “the best singer in the world”. The reason why all these achievements are so clear, is because of the good diction and tone that Hughes uses. The tone in this passage sounds very biographical and very formal. Usually when one writes a biography they use the person's last name, but Hughes used Anderson's first and last name. Clearly this means that Hughes and Anderson were good friends back in the

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