Frederick Douglass was persistent in learning how to read. He did very small steps, one at a time and persevered and finally succeeded. Also, we can point out that because he was one among the few educated black persons from his time, that may explain why the stood out from the crowd of black folks. The struggle he went through as a kid and the lessons he learned gave him the strength to stand up against slavery and fight for justice. History proved us that doing so is risky, we think of Mahatma Gandhi, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr. or Fred Hampton.
Richard Wright is a highly acclaimed writer, who stressed the importance of reading, writing, and words. Wright is best known for a lot of exceptional pieces of literature such as “Blueprint for Negro Writing” which is somewhat of a declaration of independence from Harlem Renaissance writers. Richard Wright was born 1908 on a plantation near Mississippi. Wright personified the classic American dream. He went from being deprived intellectually and in poverty to a figure stone in literature.
I love to read about many different things that I haven 't heard of before. It helps me better understand myself and learn about stuff that not many people may know about. When I am writing an essay, I just let my words flow through. I make sure to write whatever comes to mind just so that I can release all my thoughts and ideas before editing my work. When doing this, I feel like a weight has been lifted because then I don 't have to struggle to remember all my thoughts and ideas since I 've already written
Thomas Foster's How to Read Literature Like a Professor, is a thought provoking guide to reading literature. This book helps with understanding the “language of reading” and the importance of details. Foster opens up a new side of literature where rather than reading emotionally, you dig deeper into the grammar of the literary work to discover the true meaning. How to Read Literature Like a Professor, is beneficial when reading any kind of literary work. It explains the particular “set of conventions and patterns, codes and rules” (Foster xxv) used when dealing with literary works.
Through the literary works they made people aware of the injustice and inhumanity that slavery was based on and because if its written form they had impact on many generations coming years and decades later. Phillis Wheatley through poems appeals to the intellectual side of the people while Frederick Douglas using slave narrative in his autobiography introduces readers to cruelty and blooded side of black’s oppression. Even though they used different literary convention, they both became an inspiration for long-term changes that transformed the United Stated and it is still visible in current times. By affecting minds and souls of society, they inscribed themselves in American literary tradition
James wrote about moving to a place and being the only black person, no one knew yet everyone wanted to know about and Fredrick wrote about his trials and tribulations of learning to read as a black man. After analyzing these passages and genuinely trying to put myself in their position, personally
Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. were both two African American civil rights activists who were very prominent throughout history. They fought for what they believed in but in vastly different ways. Martin Luther King Jr. was born to a middle class family and was well educated. Malcolm X, on the other hand, grew up in a rather hostile environment with barely enough schooling. Both their speeches, “I Have a Dream” and “The Ballot or the Bullet” may have shared some common traits, but at the same time, differed greatly in various aspects.
Lesson 8: Journal Response I enjoyed reading Black Boy by Richard Wright because it was a touching story about the significant of books. In the story, Wright shares the story of the life-changing transformation books introduced into his life during a time of hardship. Books allowed him to change his perspective of life a feeling he describes as, “The impulse to dream had been slowly beaten out of me by experience. Now it surged up again and I hungered for books, new ways of looking and seeing. It was not a matter of believing or disbelieving what I read, but of feeling something new, of being affected by something that made the look of the world different.” I was able to connect with the story because like Wright, reading is one of my favorite pastimes.
You increase your vocabulary, your inspiration, your imagination and your empathy. You can learn to treat and understand the people better. Fiction books are great entertainment a a personal growth source. I also agree with Neil Gainman about the libraries and librarians. I rather read physical books than ebooks.
Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, otherwise known as Frederick Douglass was an abolitionist, writer, orator, statesman, and social reformer for African Americans all over. As a slave, he learned how to read and write through fellow people that were in his neighborhood and his plantation owner’s wife. Some say that him learning these two essentials was the start of his political movement to the road of freedom. It was almost as the more he read, the more his ambition and determination leveled up to end slavery. He began to use his new develop skills and put to work some of the greatest writings that has ever hit history.
The book I am reading is Not for sale by David Batstone; a journalist who seemed highly fascinated with human trafficking and slavery. David is co founder and president of Not for sale, furthermore he was a civil rights activist with the plan to inform others how to avoid the global slave trade. One major reason for the writing of this book was due to the fact he was an anti-slavery activist wanting to explain how to be aware of human trafficking. David wanted to write the book knowing abolitionist and others are struggling to end this appalling epidemic which he thought would be strenuous. Batstone believed all people should be free to live which he looked upon as a major reason for the book as a remedy; for the lacerate ones who’ve lost it all David batstone is identical
The culture I 've chosen to explore for this assignment is the African American culture. This culture has many many struggles that have been faced for as long as anyone can remember, I am specifically referring to the days when slaves were considered the norm. A good event I got recommended to go to from a good friend of mine was the Slaves of the State event. This event was so much more informing than I thought it would be and to be honest, it was something I needed to go to because I learned so much from it. This event was presented by Dennis Childs, who is an Associate Professor of African American literature at the University of California in San Diego.
Racism has always been a popular topic throughout the course of American history. It may be arguable that African Americans have gained the equality they have fought for, and in more extreme cases, died for. Richard Wright was born after the Civil War, but before the Civil Rights Movement. If he were writing an autobiography today, in 2016, about a black boy growing up in the United States, he would write about the mass incarceration of black men, the discrepancy faced by African Americans with a college degree compared to the whites without, and the difference in wage distribution between white Americans and African Americans. If Richard were to write his autobiography today, he would mention the harsher penalties given to black people compared