African-American Writers (Multicultural Voices) by Amy Sickels

By Amy Sickels

African-American authors have extra their voices to the yank literary tapestry via riveting works. African-American Writers discusses the demonstrated authors and newly rising voices that experience made lasting contributions to American literature. Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Ernest J. Gaines, Walter Dean Myers, Alice Walker, August Wilson, Charles Johnson, and Gloria Naylor are profiled besides their quintessential works which are regularly assigned in study rooms this present day.

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The civil rights movement threatened the social order that guaranteed white supremacy, and Robert Samson warns his tenants not to get involved. Jimmy returns and encourages the community to take a stand, but the people are old and afraid. Only Jane agrees to take part in Jimmy’s political demonstration: He has planned for a black girl to drink from the town’s water fountain designated for white use only, and after she is arrested, they will then march to the courthouse in protest. Ernest J. Gaines 49 On the day of the protest, more people from the plantation join Jane, and she cries from joy.

Sethe fears that she will also end her days clouded and claimed by mental illness. She succumbs temporarily to insanity when she kills her own daughter. ” Beloved embodies the collective pain and rage of the men and women who died on the Middle Passage. A haunting presence, she reminds the community of those untold stories of slavery. Slavery affects not only the identities of its black victims but also those of the whites who perpetrate it. Though the supposedly enlightened Mr. Garner had “high principles,” his position was still that of a slaveholder, and therefore he was part of the inhumane power structure that caused indescribable suffering.

Master-slave dynamics continue to influence the lives of the free, as evidenced in the way Timmy must ride his horse (symbolizing his manhood) behind his half-brother, Tee Bob, who rides a mule. On the plantation, which embodies and suggests the social order of the South, black women are exploited and expected to be submissive both emotionally and sexually. When Tee Bob falls in love with Mary Agnes, viewing her as a human being instead of an object, he challenges and upsets this system. The African Americans living on Samson’s plantation endure injustices because they are afraid to speak out.

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