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BLACK RAGE A HISTORICAL ANALYSIS Outline 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 America I Introduction A Background 1 Throughout African-American history a presence of black rage is identifiable through both African-American literature and rhetoric 2 This rage has emanated from a state of racial inequality and has gained momentum throughout history B The Problem 1 When dealing with the concept of racial equality the question must be asked Can two races live together in equality 2 It has yet to be proved that a state of equality can be obtained in the United States for African Americans 3 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 Walker B Nat Turners insurrection solidified white Americas fear of rebellion C Perhaps the most militant voice of black rage during slavery is that of Henry Highland Garnett D Fredrick Douglass though a more moderate voice also demonstrates the rage of his race III Reconstruction and Jim Crow With slavery abolished equality was still not accomplished further embittering African Americans and fueling the desire to overcome 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 free B Marcus Garvy stands alone
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