In such a controversial period regarding the spread of slavery and state’s rights, the Louisiana black militia’s formation and involvement during the Civil War was not one without strife. The Union and Confederacy were both divergent in issues regarding the black population. It was only innate the black population would assist in the struggle which would determine their future to be free from subrogation. In order to review the history of the Civil War, it is only practical to view the involvement of black men during this struggle. James G. Hollandsworth, Jr. explores the social, political, and military aspects of the first, second, and third regiments of the Louisiana Native Guards during the Civil War.
The effects of racism in U.S. history have made the job of defining Black culture particularly difficult, Toomer however, remains on of the first black authors who addresses the issue of a post slavery society. The text itself presents numerous references regarding Toomer's beliefs that the past inspires the modern writer. However, the focus remains on the present situation of Blacks in America and not their history. One of the most interesting aspects in his work proves to be his use of prose, structure, and character to draw upon his Black heritage to demonstrate how history does affect the modern Black. By incorporating history in to these parts of the novel, Toomer offers a definite role for Blacks in the twentieth century.
Regarding these various matters, African American studies is an multidisciplinary field created from the history and development of the African American culture, viewed through an afro-centric mindset. The emergence of black studies can be traced back to the nineteenth century, particularly in the 1880’s. It first began as a movement to discuss the inferiority of blacks, and was originally defined as the study of black people. (Hayes 1) Essays and journals can be found dating back to the nineteenth century which examine elements of the black experience. Some of which handle the topic of literature, others deal with education, and several examine language and literature.
Fredrick Douglass, through his autobiography of Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass, provides an insight into the practices of slavery in the United States. This paper discusses the issue of slavery in the United States through analysis of the life of Fredrick Douglass as a slave and a freeman. The thesis of this paper argues that the practice of slavery in the United States was antithetical to the provisions of the United States’ Declaration of Independence. As well, the paper argues that even though slavery was mostly practiced in the south, the northern states highly encouraged and helped the southerners to perpetrate the human rights’ abuses to the slaves. This paper argues the thesis using the life and time of Fredrick Douglass as a slave and as an abolitionist campaigner.
W.E.B. Du Bois’ The Souls of Black Folk first advises the reader in “The Forethought” to take in the novel as an attempt to understand the world of African Americans and life before full emancipation. The novel is addressed to the people of the early twentieth century and consists of various collections of autobiographical and historical essays. Throughout the novel, Du Bois stresses the conflict of the “color-line” that has profoundly existed between blacks and whites; and, he sets these themes and theories about this conflict as a detailed blueprint for the full emancipation of the African Americans. Du Bois illustrates the duality or “double-consciousness” that centralizes around his main novel as well as the “Veil” that many of the African Americans experienced during that time.
The collection of essays discusses issues related to both race and ethnicity in relation to justice and equality. Du Bois also touches on the role of black leaders, an assessment of black progress since the Emancipation, and a discussion about the future for black Americans. His forward-thinking views provided the cornerstone for African-American literature as well as a foundation for African-American exploration in sociology for years to come. The most prominent issue that Du Bois raises in the second chapter is that “the problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color-line.” The “color-line” that he discusses is centered on the division and segregation of peop...
W.E.B Du Bois is well knowned sociologist whom conducted research on African americans in poverty driven neighborhoods in Philadelphia. His famous study is known as “Philadelphia Negro”. Through his research, he outlines rrlevent information about the balck population such as age, sex, family, marriage, religion and education. Du Bois stressed more of his research on social and structural conditions that result in numorus problems for blacks. He concluded that these “negro problems” are a function of historical conditions ;therefore, the only way social change can result is if whites and blacks change their discriminative behaviors.
The main topics of The Souls of Black Folk include African- American worldviews, the policies of Booker T Washington, the impact of segregation and discrimination upon black folk, stereotypes, African- American history and spirituality, and generl feelings possesed by African- Americans of this time. Du Bois makes some very stron point and includes his own perspective in his writing. Du Bois even created his own ideals of how black folks could achieve complete freedom. In his opinion, the most important aspects of life that African-Americans should be granted with are, the right to an education, the right to vote, and the right to be treated justly and as an equal. This is an apperant opinion of his throughout the entir... ... middle of paper ... ...s feels that black peopl need to be treated equally and justly to actually be free, or else they are trapped with the fear of racism.
Du Bois closely examines the years just after the Civil War and, specifically, the Freedmen’s Bureau’s role in reconstruction. Du Bois continues on to argue the necessity of recognizing, accepting, and utilizing the ethnic and racial diversity of the American people. Du Bois applies racist positions with intention to argue against racism. In The Souls of Black Folk, Du Bois incorporated musical lyrics, fiction, poetry, memoir, and history in order to define a multi-cultural audience of both black and whites whom he wishes to persuade to question racial discrimination validity and to take political action to bring social equality to members of non-white
They are as follows: • Racialism is race as a biological essence possessing specific traits. • Shared experience of expression speaks specifically of African American experience with transatlantic slave trade, lynching, Jim Crow and all other events leading up to Black American struggles. • Goal of self-determination believes you can control your own desti... ... middle of paper ... ...“What A Black Man Wants,” Douglass argued in favor of suffrage for Blacks, as well as equality rather than generosity. His speech empowered many, as well as Abraham Lincoln, whom he served as advisor to. Integration called for the right of African Americans to be full citizens of the United States of America.