Defined Rights In William Baldwin's Notes Of A Native Son '

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Although slavery ended, technically African Americans were still not free, and Thurgood Marshall, a prominent lawyer, played a key role in bringing back these rights to African Americans. Before Marshall took action, African Americans were undervalued, even though the Civil War was over, and President Lincoln had already established the Emancipation Proclamation. Though the U.S. acknowledged that all African Americans are free, not all white people were able to accept this fact and continued to commit racist actions. The prologue to Showdown by Wil Haygood and the Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin both illustrate that the injustice and unfair treatment African Americans underwent was a result of their limited rights in society. The Notes of a Native Son written by James Baldwin in the 1940s allows the readers to understand Baldwin 's, first-hand experience during this movement, where he faces the consequences of racial discrimination due to the limited rights African Americans had during that time. For instance, when Baldwin was turned away from service at a public restaurant in New Jersey because of his color. The waiter refused to serve him and commented "We do not serve Negros." He was humiliated in front of everyone. This is when he begins to lose patience. Turned away from service just because of his color had frustrated him so badly that he lost his temper and started to break the mirror and threw mug with great force. All this happened as. A result of the anger

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