Discussing the difficulties that Frederick Douglass and other slaves have encountered during the first half of the 19th century. The struggles are being told in “Learning to Read and Write” by Frederick Douglass. The main obstacle was learning to read and write and being stripped from that experience so African-Americans don’t become educated. Fearing the ideas of their owned slaves surpassing them in intelligence and overthrowing them. But comparing that to of “Learning to Read” by Malcolm X of the mid-20th century where slavery ended but racism is still America’s greatest threat.
Within the novel, slavery is presented in a negative viewpoint by Thoreau, and although he does not directly state his views on abolition he expresses to the reader the idea that slavery is harmful to an individual. He specifically says, “worst of all when you are the slave-driver of yourself”(Thoreau 3). This means that when an individual thinks of themselves with a negative mindset, they are only a slave to themselves, which is not a beneficial attribute to contain. Moreover, if an individual is a “slave-driver” of themselves, they will only be held down and unable to live a simple, free life, the type of life Thoreau promoted. Also, he does address the topic of slavery referring to, “the gross but somewhat foreign form of servitude called Negro Slavery”(Thoreau 3).
Then, Williams uses literary examples from other authors to solidify his claim that identity is present in all academic writing. The author paraphrases from the book Local literacies: Reading and writing in one community, written by D. Barton and M. Hamilton. Williams states, “[W]hat distinguishes academic writing from other genres, these writers would argue, is not that it is more worthy, closer to the truth, or more analytical but that it reproduces the discourse of a particular social class and institution” (711). This passage suggests that any subject matter a person chooses to write about is based off of the person’s own culture. Even without disclosing personal information, an author of any academic writing piece reveals a small part of themselves (Williams 715).
In “Let America Be Great Again”, Langston Hughes sets a tone of anger, sarcasm, and hope. He expresses that America is not what it seems to be to everyone; especially those that are economically and socially challenged or deprived. Hughes began the poem by saying, “Let it be the dream it used to be. Let it be the pioneer on the plain.” He also says that America was never America to him. This is derived from the fact that the African Americans, Native Americans, and other nationalities suffered from slavery and were brought from their native land to this foreign terrain.
Their goal was to end the racial discrimination and segregation amongst. They believed that slavery was a sin and that it was every American’s obligation to help free them back to Africa. Not many people agreed though. Both Northerners and Southerners did not support he ways of goals of the abolitionist. They thought that it threatened the racial social order and created economic instability.
During the period of civil rights issues in American history African Americans were discriminated. Because of the discrimination against them they were a strong force for changing the laws that prohibited them from being equal. As a result many activists including Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. were leaders against discrimination of African Americans after slavery officially ended after the civil war in America. A man named Medgar Evers was one of these people who was a target of discrimination who then took a stand against the inequality and became a leader of the NAACP. Since America was founded discrimination existed towards Africans who were forced to go to America in order to become slaves for the southern plantation owners where
He also analyzes at past research done by other linguistics who have studied Native American culture and language. The in-depth comparison of two Native American cultures, Haida and Tewa explain how the language assimilation occurs in their different communities. This article is useful because the author provides a well-written explanation of how SLA cannot work for the unique Native American Languages and further research that could be
For him, history is important to man because it is for self-knowledge, and man is expected to know himself. He further says history finds out Actions of human beings that have been done in the past … proceeds by the interpretation of evidence is a collective name for things which are called documents, and a document is a thing existing here and now, of such a kind that the historian, by thinking about it can get answers to the questions he asks about past events(9-10). When one studies history, one looks
In “We Wear the Masks,” Dunbar displays the oppression and pressure that the black community faced in the late 19th century. With remaining unjust laws and unforgetting former slaves, Dunbar evaluates the saddened and fake expression that his community faced. His title indicates that the newly freed black population in America could not truly be themselves but had to wear a “mask” that made them acceptable to the white population. Dunbar unites his community by projecting them as a whole encountering a new form slavery together. The poem aims to express how the black population was forced to hide their continued suffering in order to not endanger their newly gained freedom.
This journey of pain and perseverance is portrayed through the Langston Hughes poem, “ Let America Be America.” Hughes uses the inequality that still stands in the “free” America to voice that everyone should be equal. Hughes uses various allusions to portray the didactic meaning of the poem that the statements of a free America for everyone, is far from the truth. Making allusions to certain instances, in African American history provided a way for Hughes’ audience to understand his underlying thought. Throughout the formation of the America today, African Americans have been discriminated starting from their beginning as slaves. Hughes describes African Americans during this time period as, “the Negro(s) bearing slavery’s scars.”(20) and, “ the