Please respond to the following prompt. Remember that word count
should be between 150 and 300 words for each.
Questions 1 – 4 are due back by 5/31 at 2pm eastern.
1. In a speech given in 1852, Frederick Douglas raised
the question, “What to the Slave, is the Fourth of July” (p. 467). How does
literature of the reconstruction address the issue of patriotism or country?
How does this literature relate to modern- day society?
What does the use of dialect bring to the meaning of a work? Does it add a layer
of meaning, or does it detract from the message? Provide examples and explain
Booker T. Washington was an advocate for African American rights. One aspect of
society he focused on was that of education. PBS’s website titled “The
Rise and Fall of Jim Crow” (2002) depicts Washington as a man who was
“considered the most influential black educator of the late 19th and early
20th centuries insofar as he controlled the flow of funds to black schools and
is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the
Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers,
led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that
the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.
* Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s
Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863.
The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the
minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However,
with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General
Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and
overcome the resistance.
Essays – Due June 2nd at 6pm Eastern
two pieces from the Literature of Reconstruction and the New Negro Renaissance
era for Part Two of the Personal Connections Essay. The cumulative essay is due
in Week Five. Choose pieces that speak to you in some way, and that you feel
comfortable analyzing in relation to the historical and societal context of the
era in which they were written. This may not be a piece that is recognized as
the best representation of an era, but one that holds great meaning for you.
350- to 700-word analysis of each piece including:
The meaning of the piece for you (why you chose
The relation of the piece to the historical
events of its era
How the piece expresses the cultural values of
additional 700- to 1,050-word essay, comparing genres and themes found in the
readings from Weeks One and Two. Choose one era and explain how the difference
in genre, such as a poem, essay, sermon, song, narrative, and so forth, changes
the expression of the theme portrayed. Select the theme you will use, for
example: faith, freedom, or death. Use examples from the readings of that week
which represent the different genres, and which all relate to the theme you
have chosen. You may use outside sources to support your analysis, including
citations. This will also become part of the comprehensive essay due in Week
Format your paper
consistent with APA guidelines with introductions, in-text citation and
1. Du Bois (1868-1963) The Souls of Black Folk – Of our Spiritual
2. Booker T. Washington (1856 – 1915) Up from Slavery – A
Slave among Slaves
Information can be pulled from on line, books or from The Norton
Anthology of African American Literature which contains all the information.
References are also needed