A Research on African-American Literature

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White America's reactions to that desire and the resulting struggles in different periods have been faithfully chronicled by Art, Music and Literature. Though there are numerous works recounting racial relations in America, the three assigned readings, To My Old Master, Sonny's Blues and Birmingham Sunday, give exceptional reflections of the 1860's 1950's and 1960's America by notable African Americans. To My Old Master by Jourdon Anderson To My Old Master (Young, 1996, pp. 15-16) is chronologically the first of the three selected readings and is a letter written on August 7, 1865. Written 1 year after the author's emancipation and only 4 months after the end of the American Civil War, Anderson's letter is clearly the product of the struggle between North and South regarding slavery, the emancipation of slaves by the Emancipation Proclamation during the War, and the ability of former slaves to carve a successful niche for themselves as capable and newly-free people who were finally given a chance to succeed. The author apparently received correspondence from his former slave-owner requesting that Anderson return to Tennessee and work on his former owner's farm. Unfortunately for the Colonel, when Anderson received the Colonel's request, the former slave had already become emancipated, relocated to…
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