Determined to write a play about the African American experience in the United States for every decade during the 20th century, Wilson has written many plays representing each of these decades. “Fences” is one of such plays about African Americans in the 1950s. It began in 1957 and ended in 1965; however, the 1950s mark the time period when the struggle against segregation and racial discrimination became strong in the mainstream of American life, showing that the wind of change was blowing. In “fences” Wilson used the integration of talented blacks in major league sports, Troy’s elevation to a higher position in his job, and the birth of Raynell to represent changes taking place for African Americans in the 1950s
The integration of African Americans in professional sports in the 1950s represents the United State as more accepting of talented blacks. Wilson showed the changing world of the United States with the integration of professional sports even though the United States still had a long way to go in the struggle against racial discrimination. Troy’s conversation with Cory clarifies the position of the two men who share a common passion but are separated by a generation. During their conversation while working on the fence (fences 981-983), Cory makes a case for buying a Television and persists in an effort to prove to Troy that baseball, and by extension the world, has changed since racial discrimination prevented Troy from entering professional team. Troy’s argument is substantial but mostly weak. He points out the need to fix the roof even though he never seems to make it a financial priority before Cory brought up the notion of buying a tel...
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...ade and became intense in the sixties as it opens doors to new opportunities for African Americans which is represented in the fences as the birth of Raynell.
In the final analysis, Wilson showed how the historical past of African Americans affects their present, their struggles for survival in a white dominated society with racial discrimination, inequality and class distinction all stacked up against them. He also acknowledges that changes have been made since the days of slavery; especially beginning in the 1950s, when talented blacks began to play in major league sports, position of African Americans in labor union saw improvement and pre-civil right movements opened window of opportunities for African Americans. Today, there is a black president in the United States, could it mean that racial discrimination has been totally eradicated in the United States
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