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  1. Pity me, and pardon me, O virtuous reader! You never knew what it is to be a slave; to be entirely unprotected by law or custom; to have the laws reduce you to the condition of a chattel, entirely subject to the will of another.
  2. Malcolm X
  3. Langston Hughes wrote..
  4. Invisible Man Themes
  5. I did not, when a slave, understand the deep meaning of those rude and apparently incoherent songs. I was myself within the circle; so that I neither saw nor heard as those without might see and hear.
  6. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Motifs
  7. The negro Artist and the Racial Mountain
  8. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Symbols
  9. Never having enjoyed, to any considerable extent, her soothing presence, her tender and watchful care, I received the tidings of [my mother's] death with much the same emotions I should have probably felt at the death of a stranger.
  10. My natural elasticity was crushed, my intellect languished, the disposition to read departed, the cheerful spark that lingered about my eye died; the dark night of slavery closed in upon me; and behold a man transformed into a brute!
  11. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave Motifs
  12. The Negro Speaks of Rivers
  13. Invisible Man Motifs
  14. Gwendolyn Brooks styles
  15. I, Too
  16. A Bronzeville Mother Loiters in Mississippi, Meanwhile a Mississippi Mother Burns Bacon
  17. When he told me that I was made for his use, made to obey his command in every thing; that I was nothing but a slave, whose will must and should surrender to his, never before had my puny arm felt half so strong.
  18. Blueprint for Negro Writing
  19. In coming to a fixed determination to run away, we did more than Patrick Henry, when he resolved upon liberty or death.
  20. Frederick Douglass wrote..
  21. Invisible Man Symbols
  22. "Our white is so white you can paint a chunka coal and you'd have to crack it open with a sledge hammer to prove it wasn't white clear through."
  23. The Children of the Poor
  24. READER, be assured this narrative is no fiction. I am aware that some of my adventures may seem incredible; but they are, nevertheless, strictly true. I have not exaggerated the wrongs inflicted by Slavery; on the contrary, my descriptions fall far short of the facts.
  25. Reader, my story ends with freedom; not in the usual way, with marriage. I and my children are now free! We are as free from the power of slave holders as are the white people of the north; and though that, according to my ideas, is not saying a great deal, it is a vast improvement in my condition.
  26. Long Black Song
  27. Richard Wright wrote..
  28. Harriet Jacobs wrote . . .
  29. And my problem was that I always tried to go in everyone's way but my own. I have also been called one thing and then another while no one really wished to hear what I called myself. So after years of trying to adopt the opinions of others I finally rebelled. I am an invisible man.
  30. Whilst I was saddened by the thought of losing the aid of my kind mistress, I was gladdened by the invaluable instruction which, by the merest accident, I had gained from my master.
  31. Harlem
  32. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Themes
  33. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave Symbols
  34. We Real Cool
  35. The Mother
  36. "I's big and black and I say 'Yes, suh' as loudly as any burrhead when it's convenient, but I'm still the king down here. . . . The only ones I even pretend to please are big white folk, and even those I control more than they control me. . . . That's my life, telling white folk how to think about the things I know about. . . . It's a nasty deal and I don't always like it myself. . . . But I've made my place in it and I'll have every Negro in the country hanging on tree limbs by morning if it means staying where I am."
  37. Mother to Son
  38. . . . the cast-iron figure of a very black, red-lipped and wide-mouthed Negro . . . stared up at me from the floor, his face an enormous grin, his single large black hand held palm up before his chest. It was a bank, a piece of early Americana, the kind of bank which, if a coin is placed in the hand and a lever pressed upon the back, will raise its arm and flip the coin into the grinning mouth.
  39. I looked at Ras on his horse and at their handful of guns and recognized the absurdity of the whole night and of the simple yet confoundingly complex arrangement of hope and desire, fear and hate, that had brought me here still running, and knowing now who I was and where I was and knowing too that I had no longer to run for or from the Jacks and the Emersons and the Bledsoes and Nortons, but only from their confusion, impatience, and refusal to recognize the beautiful absurdity of their American identity and mine. . . . And I knew that it was better to live out one's own absurdity than to die for that of others, whether for Ras's or Jack's.
  40. Gwendolyn Brooks Themes
  41. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave Themes
  42. Kitchenette Building
  43. The Lovers of the Poor
  44. Slavery is terrible for men; but it is far more terrible for women. Superadded to the burden common to all, they have wrongs, and sufferings, and mortifications peculiarly their own.
  45. Weary Blues
  46. Gwendolyn Brooks wrote..
  47. Ralph Ellison wrote ..
  1. a (Langston Hughes) He is American too! He is equal and one day he will be the same as everyone else
  2. b Blueprint for Negro Writing, Long Black Song
  3. c Frederick Douglass in Chapter 10 of Narrative
    His focus on how he was made into a slave and his desire to be free
  4. d heroism, African American communities and relationships, poverty, urban life, limited creativity, female socialization, prejudice, mother-love and its complexities, beauty of black urban life
  5. e Frederick Douglass in Chapter 2 of Narrative describing the songs of slaves
    Literal and deep meaning of the song
  6. f Racism as an Obstacle to Individual Identity
    The Limitations of Ideology
    The Danger of Fighting Stereotype with Stereotype
  7. g Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave
  8. h (Gwendolyn Brooks) Children of poor have to provide their own gifts
  9. i (Langston Hughes) more straight forward than others
    Mother giving advice and talking to son about the hardships she has endured
  10. j Narrator's epiphany Chapter 25
  11. k Invisible man
  12. l Blindness, Invisibility
  13. m (Langston Hughes) discussing dreams with "ugly" terms, and ending with them exploding. Things don't always end up well. A way of looking at the change in Harlem, especially since this is a later poem of his
  14. n Harriet Jacobs in Chapter 16 on the conventions used to shape her autobiography
  15. o (Langston Hughes) Blues looking at things they way they are, Langston wanting his poetry to resemble blues music
  16. p modernist experimentation, free verse, impressionism (create mood but give reader space to imagine) send messages w/o being overbearing, poetic modernism
  17. q Ignorance as a Tool of Slavery, Knowledge as the Path to Freedom, Slavery's Damaging Effect on Slaveholders, Slaveholding as a Perversion of Christianity
  18. r Harriet Jacobs Introduction to the reader
  19. s (Richard Wright) the rape of a dreaming woman and its affect on her and her husband
    Does he follow his own advice?
  20. t Narrator in epilogue
  21. u Kitchenette Building, The Mother, We Real Cool, A Bronzeville Mother Loiters in Mississippi, Meanwhile a Mississippi Mother Burns Bacon, The Children of the Poor, The Lovers of the Poor, Malcolm X
  22. v The Sambo Doll and the Coin Bank, The Liberty Paints Plant
  23. w Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  24. x The Corrupting Power of Slavery, Domesticity As Paradise and Prison, The Psychological Abuses of Slavery
  25. y Dr. Bledsoe to Narrator Chapter 6
  26. z (Langston Hughes) Defining American Individualism, My experiences are your experiences, Black history is slavery,
  27. aa (Gwendolyn Brooks) the story of Emit Till, a black boy who looks at a white woman and is brutally murdered as told by the perspective of the woman
  28. ab Fractured Family Ties, Confinement, Graphic Violence,
  29. ac (Gwendolyn Brooks) Teenagers skipping school to go hang out at a bar, things from their lives will prohibit them from dying soon
  30. ad Frederick Douglass in Chapter 10 of Narrative
    Drawing parallels to "Give me freedom or give me death" - blacks and whites are equal
  31. ae (Gwendolyn Brooks) the image of X as a rugged, manly, attractive leader, poem is written for is death, violence against black leaders
  32. af Describing Mary's coin bank Chapter 15
  33. ag (Langston Hughes) a colored poet tells Hughes he wants to be a white poet
    the struggle of race (the climb) Negros are taught they are bad
    Inter and intra(within)(worse) discrimination
  34. ah Harriet Jacobs on the anguish of slavery for women
  35. ai Frederick Douglass in Chapter 1 of Narrative explaining being separated from his mother
    (importance of using adjectives to describe life had his mother been around)
  36. aj Harriet Jacobs, Linda realizes she can resist Dr. Flint
  37. ak (Gwendolyn Brooks) There are only some poor who are worthy of the white ladies time
    social workers causing more damage than good with their disdain
  38. al Frederick Douglass in Chapter 6 of Narrative
    His realization that whites hold back literacy and education to keep blacks repressed
  39. am The Victimization of Female Slaves, The Treatment of Slaves as Property, Freedom in the City
  40. an Harriet Jacobs in Chapter 10 women cannot judge unless they have been in a same or similar situation
  41. ao Dr. Flint, Aunt Martha, The Loophole of Retreat
  42. ap Lucius Brockway to Narrator Chapter 10
  43. aq (Gwendolyn Brooks) abortion of her children, reflection, limitations of dreams, plea for forgiveness, transitions in poem and how she talks about herself
  44. ar (Gwendolyn Brooks) aggressively segregated Chicago, division of housing, referring to one another by number rather than name
  45. as White-Sailed Ships, Sandy's Root, The Columbian Orator
  46. at "The Negro Speaks of Rivers", "Mother to Son", "The Weary Blues", "I, Too", "Harlem", "The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain"
  47. au (Richard Wright) criticizes things he sees in early writings
    take his ideas and makes a blueprint for negroes - guide on how to look at their work