Fences, By August Wilson

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African-Americans during the middle of the twentieth century were treated differently than those of the white population. Fences, a play by August Wilson, demonstrates the frustration of white dominance during a time when African-Americans were secluded from society. The Maxson family are the main characters of the play, showing the life they lived in their black tenement in Pittsburg in the 1950s. The setting demonstrates the drama of their struggle, frustration, rebellion, and the predicaments that unfold. Slavery has been eliminated from America for some time prior to the setting of this play, but it still shadows and presses upon the African-American community in Wilson’s play. August Wilson’s play Fences, shows the racial segregation and injustice displayed in America through out much of the middle of the twentieth century. The protagonist of the play, Troy, faced many issues with segregation when it came to the opportunities he had to play baseball. Wilson uses baseball to represent the discrimination going on as a whole during this time. In the play Troy says, “I’m talking about if you could play ball then they ought to have let you play. Don’t care what color you were” (1.1.81). This line portrays the frustration Troy had when he was young enough to play baseball but claims he was held back by the racial wall. In Michael Lomax’s, Black Baseball Entrepreneurs, he states that, “Early black baseball entrepreneurs recognized that in order to conduct business
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