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Thesis Statement Throughout the history of the United States as seen through an analysis of African-American literature and rhetoric black rage has not only existed but has grown As the momentum toward equality is clearly evident in the black races struggle the question of where or when this rage will subside if ever remains unanswered In examining black rage four distinct periods of American history should be considered slavery Reconstruction and Jim Crow the Civil Rights Era and contemporary America1 Throughout African-American history a presence of black rage is identifiable through both African-American literature and rhetoric2 This rage has emanated from a state of racial inequality and has gained 1 When dealing with the concept of racial equality the question must be asked Can two races live together in equality2 It has yet to be proved that a state of equality can be obtained in the United States for African Americans3 Given the momentum that exists within African-American society to gain more freedom is a reversal in racial power inevitable II Slavery in America Slavery is the source of black rage A Perhaps the earliest voice of black rage is that of David WalkerB Nat Turners insurrection solidified white Americas fear of rebellionC Perhaps the most militant voice of black rage during slavery is that of HenryD Fredrick Douglass though a more moderate voice also demonstrates the rage of his raceIII Reconstruction and Jim Crow With slavery abolished equality was still not accomplished further embittering African Americans and fueling the desire to A T Thomas Fortune explains the plight of the black race during Reconstruction proclaiming that nothing has been solved slavery is gone but the black man is not freeB Marcus Garvy stands alone as one who has vehemently sought to channel the rage of his people militantlyC Langston Hughes epitomizes the plight of the black race in America in his poetryD Sterling Browns Strong Men outlines the black struggle in America
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