Abel Meeropol

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  • Symbolism In Strange Fruit, By Abel Meeropol

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    The poem Strange Fruit by Abel Meeropol, could be described as dark and graphic, as it embodies Southern violence in America. The poem describes the lynching of black slaves, which was generally presented to an audience of whites. Billie Holiday, a black female artist, would sing the poem to a predominantly upper-class white club. But strangely, the poem was written by a white man, Abel Meeropol. Although the last confirmed lynching was in 1968, there are other forms of racially motivated killings

  • Analysis Of The Poem ' The ' Blood On The Leaves ' By Abel Meeropol

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    Meeropol created tons of imagery while writing this poem. He starts off the poem with the line “Southern trees bear a strange fruit”, saying that black bodies are like strange fruit that only “grow” on southern trees, which was true. The next line saying

  • Symbolism In 'Strange Fruit By Abel Meeropol And The Flowers'

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    human population is often oblivious to the discrimination many other individuals face. For those who are aware, many remain hesitant to help and are even willing to turn a blind eye to such iniquity. Within the written pieces “Strange Fruit” by Abel Meeropol and “The Flowers” by Alice Walker, this situation is approached in different styles through the utilization of several literary devices. However, “Strange Fruit” exhibits

  • Strange Fruit By Abel Meeropol

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    “Strange Fruit” was originally written as a poem by Abel Meeropol and was later made into a song by Billie Holiday in 1939. The song was written in protest of racism in the United States which at the time included lynching, segregation, and groups that supported racism such as the KKK. When the song first came out in 1939, it was considered one of the most powerful songs at the time. It was so powerful, that the cafe that she performed at came up with rules about her live performances. The

  • Strange Fruit By Abel Meeropol Essay

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    but always resulting that white is right. Hope would evaporate from an evanescent cloud and Faith became instinct as it was replaced by agony. Everywhere you turned around for help, all you saw were the bodies of those neglected and lynched. Abel Meeropol published the poem Strange Fruit in 1937, after seeing a drastic picture of lynching that traumatized him ever since then. As a result, the poem became a memory to all those who died and is momentous to our history. “Black bodies swingin' in the

  • The Music Of The 1930 ' S

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    The 1930’s was a decade of extremely hard times, following the stock market crash and an extreme depression. In spite of the tremendous hardships in America during this decade, it also became a time of great music that is still remembered today. Jazz music was highly popular in this time, and Billie Holiday was a famous jazz performer. She stood out from many other musicians because of her intense and passionate performances. Jazz arose from “unacceptable” segments of society, but quickly grew like

  • Bizarre Fruit

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    lynchings were such a gruesome image, and was meant to be a “protest against the inhumanity of racism”(Blair) . The poem “Strange Fruit” was published in 1937 by Abel Meeropol after he viewed an image of a lynching that occurred in the south. Meeropol was “‘haunted’” by the image and was inspired to write and publish the poem (Meeropol). Abel Meeropol was already against racism in America and when he saw the appalling image of two African American people being lynched

  • Racial Tension In Strange Fruit

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    This astonishing writers name is Abel Meeropol. In 1937, Meeropol saw a photograph of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith being lynched in the South. The two gentleman was accused of rape towards a white lady and was sent to jail falsely for it. A number of people broke into the jail with sledgehammers to get the two men to beat and lynch them. Meeropol decided to write a poem about the disbelief that came across his eyes. Meeropol wrote the poem as a protest poem. Meeropol recalled how the photograph “ haunted

  • The Voice of Billie Holiday Essay

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    The Voice of Billie Holiday       A woman stands before you, and although she isn't a politician, she expresses her moving thoughts on issues that affect all Americans. Her voice isn't harsh or demanding in tone. Her stature is slender and traced in a shimmer of light that reflects from her dress. A southern magnolia is lying comfortably above her ear. She sings. She sings of incomprehension, of hate, and of a race's pain. She sings low and confused. She sings as "Our Lady of Sorrow"(Davis

  • The Rosenbergs Essay

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    in spy activities.(Moss, 225) On Friday, June 19, 1953 Ethel and Julius were electrocuted in New York State's Sing Sing Prison. Their sons, Michael who was ten and Robert who was six were sent to foster homes and later were adopted by Anne and Abel Meeropol in 1957.(Moss, 224) How did the FBI find out that the Rosenbergs were spying and how did the investigation begin? The investigation began when the FBI found a name, Klaus Fuchs, written in a notebook of a Russian spy. Dr. Fuchs had worked on Manhattan