It. Has Been Said That “The Engendering Impulse Of African

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It has been said that “the engendering impulse of African American literature is resistance to human tyranny” (Norton, 3rd ed. Vol.1. 75). The issue with African American authors engendered continuing controversy with government officials and “white” people throughout America during an extremely dark time. Specifically, the eighteenth century. Resistance was crucial and dedicated to human dignity became non-existent with the white America. To help with the issue, “African American writers identified themselves as Americans with a special mission.” (Norton, 3rd ed. Vol.1. 75). In result, they would specify and produce spiritual and political ideas of America to teach and justify their daily struggles as an American citizen. During the…show more content…
Then he commands her to rise to her feet and tells her it is time to go and slowly she starts to rise till she is flying like a bird over the field as they all (slaves) grew wings as well and flew from the fields as they rejoiced with one another. At first glance this folktale may give the message that eventually they lived eternally in heaven though slaves had an unfair life here on earth. Giving the idea that through faith and hope, eventually one day they would be free. However, the folktales and songs that traveled held secret meanings and expressed more than the need to reach heaven. The songs and stories sounded like one thing but they served a greater message, and it was the possibility of one day escaping the horrific lives they were given. For instance, “Flying away” meant escaping traveling north or the small window of opportunity to escape at night while their master paid no attention to them. The investigation of human flight in the folklore of enslaved men and women throughout plantations caught on around the south with other slaves and was used as coding to greater things such as the famous underground railroad or other routes of freedom. For example, “I got wings, you got wings. All God’s Chillun got wings.” (Norton, 3rd ed. Vol. 1.). The tradition of flight is posed as another way of freedom and in this passage, it is combined with faith. To

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