The, By Flannery O ' Connor

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Race has been a sensitive topic in the United States of America since the founding of the country. The historical disparity between Blacks and their White counterparts can been seen through not only the South, but also throughout America. Flannery O’Connor, often considered one of the great Southern authors of her time, implemented an artistic writing style which gave her writing a unique Southern gothic appeal that previous novels and stories did not possess. Born in Savannah, Georgia, Flannery O’Connor grew up in a turbulent time regrading race relations. Living most of her life in predominantly white Georgia, it was not until later on in her life that race truly began to impact O’Connor’s life. In 1954, the Supreme Court Case Brown v. Board of Education altered the world that O’Connor lived in. Following the ruling, segregation was banned throughout the United States of America and integration programs were initiated. Suddenly, even extremely segregated states like Georgia were forced to integrate Blacks. This life-altering decision occurred towards the end of O’Connor’s short life, but is still evidenced throughout her writings. And while O’Connor never directly states her stances on race, segregation, and integration; her views can be inferred throughout her writing. Short stories such as “Everything That Rises Must Converge” and “An Artificial Nigger” give clues as to race relations of the time period and O’Connor’s perspectives on the matter. In “Everything That

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