The Role Of African Americans In Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man

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Although fictional, Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man has opened my eyes to the troubles many African Americans faced throughout the early and mid twentieth century. After some class discussion, we pinpointed the time frame in which the book is set, beginning in 1928. Contemporary to The Great Depression, The Great Migration, and World War II, the Invisible Man parallels many challenges the typical African American faced during the time period. Despite the abolition of slavery nearly seventy years early, racial discrimination was still prevalent throughout American culture. As seen in the book, battle royals, evictions and unethical police shootings targeted toward the African American minority were pervasive in everyday life. Not only did these
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