Racism In African American Literature

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African American literature began in the late 18th century with stories that were mainly about slavery this is what we call now as slave narratives. It was only right since that African Americans in the late 18th century were in conditions of slavery that produced a certain genre of writing. Throughout history blacks were strongly discriminated, around the 1900’s Jim Crow laws were founded which was the practice of segregation against black people. These laws were strongly enforced in the southern parts of the United States mainly because slavery was a major factor in the south. African American are human just like any other race, even though there is only one race and that is the human race. Most novels written by artist of African descent were about…show more content…
For example most slaves could not read or write so those who could were able to speak about the conditions and the experience of slavery, discrimination, racism, and segregation.The first African-American novel published in the United States was Harriet Wilson's “Our Nig” (1859). It expressed the difficulties of lives of northern free Blacks. Toni Morrison is a female African American artist who also sparked a change in Afro- American literature in a way that we see now in the 21st century inspiring. The narratives that African americans bring to the table is a feeling that a lot of people could connect to. It may be because of the things that one may have gone through, or it could be because Afro- American literature has been overlooked for years. But it does take artists that can create novels that contribute to the African culture. There are alot of factors that have strong ties to the formation and that tradition of African American literature. Toni Morrison is able to show her readers emotion and wisdom through her novels. She has won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award in 1988 for her

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