The Power of Print

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Matthew Rongstad Dr. Daniel Horner ENGL 101 3 March 2013 The Power of Print Henry David Thoreau and James Baldwin were two talented writers with different writing styles who lived in very different periods of our U.S. history. Both of these writers had to completely different views about the world and lived during a time when the country was defining civil equality. Even though both of these writers were so different from one another they both were deeply affected by the social issues of their time. Henry Thoreau and James Baldwin were both criticized for their point of view on civil injustice, nevertheless both writers managed to influence some of the same important people in our history; who fought for the advancement of civil…show more content…
Slavery was also becoming increasingly volatile with moral focus on civil rights. Henry’s writing of his feelings towards nature and the expansion of the Western culture became expressive in his writings like with “Consider the moonlight, so civil, yet so savage!”(127). Henry always had an eloquent manner expressing every nuance of nature capturing the very essence with his words. Henry surrounded himself with writers and thinkers that encouraged him to write many essays and poems for the quarterly periodical for Dial press. Throughout Henry's writing career he focused on expressing about descriptive writings on nature, social, and cultural behaviors; which at the time there were not so popular, critics did not considered his writings to be classic American literature. Henry died at age 44 on May 6th 1962. James Baldwin was born a poor black man in Harlem, New York on August 2, 1924. His natural father was a drunk, used drugs and was not a part of James's life. His mother married a preacher when James was very young. This was an inspiration for James to become a Junior Minister by the age 14. James’s stepfather was considerably hard on him and made him responsible for his younger siblings. The country had gone through many changes in the last 80 years; with the Civil War, World War I, The Great Depression, World War II, and the amendment to the Constitution abolishing slavery. The United States had changed considerably since Henry
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