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  • Nature as a Theme of Nature in Six Works of Literature

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    There are many ways in which authors represent the role or importance of nature in terms of appreciating their themes. As for the story, "A White Heron", Jewett uses many ways to represent her importance of nature in terms of appreciating her theme. The theme that Jewett uses in "A White Heron", is a theme known as flesh vs. spirit. Sylvia, a young girl who loves the nature, comes across an attractive ornithologist seeking to find the nesting place of the heron, which she can give to him. She is

  • Slavery Victims' Pain in Uncle Tom's Cabin and The Marrow of Tradition

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    body to emphasize the evils of slavery as well as to promote her own political position. Chesnutt decpits the pain that is present even after the abolition of slavery. However, both authors, in their respective ways, also show how empowerment and change may arise from the American body in pain. And, it is arguably this pain that has powered the forward progress of the American nation. Bibliography Chesnutt, Charles W. The Marrow of Tradition. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • Booker T Washington vs. W.E.B Dubois, Two Different Styles of African American Leadership

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    In the early history of the civil rights movement two prominent African American leaders, Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois arose to accomplish one goal, education for all African Americans. During the turn of the century, between the years 1895 and 1915 there were many theories on how African Americans were going to achieve first-class citizenship. With two separate views on how to accomplish this goal, the African American community was split in half on who to support. While Booker T. Washington

  • Analysis Of 'The Sheriff's Children'

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    At this point, the sheriff understands that Tom is not a coward and that Tom intends to shoot him. The sheriff pleads; “you would not kill the man to whom you owe your own life. Tom’s response is telling: You speak more truly than you know. I indeed owe my life to you”. And this takes the reader to a turning point in the story. Tom reveals angrily,” I am Cicely’s son Cicely whom you sold, with her child, to the speculator on his way to Alabama”. Sheriff Campbell finally grasps the enormity of his

  • African American Culture through Oral Tradition

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    African American Culture through Oral Tradition African American folktales have origins rooted in West African literary and cultural forms of expression. When Africans were taken from their homeland and brought to America as slaves, they also brought with them their individual cultures, languages and customs. However, their white slaveholders suppressed this part of their heritage in them. Thus they had to find other ways of expression, mainly story telling and songs. It is incredible to see how

  • The Harlem Renaissance

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    Rosamond Johnson, brother of writer James Weldon Johnson. Jazz and blues music moved with black populations from the South and Midwest into the bars and cabarets of Harlem. In literature, the poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar and the fiction of Charles W. Chesnutt in the late 1890s were among the earliest works of African Americans to receive national recognition. By the end of World War I the fiction of James Weldon Johnson and the poetry of Claude McKay anticipated the literature that would follow in the