In a speech given in 1852, Frederick Douglas raised the question, “What to the Slave

| March 31, 2017

Question
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?

2. 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 your views.

3. 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 colleges” (web).

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4. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.
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.
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Essays – Due June 2nd at 6pm Eastern

Select 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.

Write a 350- to 700-word analysis of each piece including:

· The meaning of the piece for you (why you chose it)

· The relation of the piece to the historical events of its era

· How the piece expresses the cultural values of its era

Write an 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 Five.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines with introductions, in-text citation and conclusion.

1. Du Bois (1868-1963) The Souls of Black Folk – Of our Spiritual Strivings

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

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