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Fully explicate one of Francis Harpers poems Include explanations of the Bury Me in a Free Land Francis HarperThe ultimate theme of this poem was stated in the title Francis Harper wanted to see slavery go away before her death The haunting lines of text she so gracefully wrote expressed the horror involved in having to die a slave This work starts right into her fear of dying a slave Her humble phrase in the first paragraph sets the stageMake it among earths humblest gravesBut not in a land where men are slavesRight away Harper shows the equality of all men without emphasizing race when she says But not in a land where MEN are slaves This is one of the first signs of rebellion in poetry and I can only imagine the courage it must have taken her as a black female slave Harpers powerful words invite us into the world of slavery from the eyes of a black woman Dying in a world of slavery to Harper would be an eternal nightmare of the horrible lives lived by those who remain in slavery5Define dehumanization and trace its manifestation in the works of several writers Dehuminization starts manifesting long before the slaves start using poetry to speak out Jupiter Hammon states in his An address to Miss Phillis Wheatley that Slavery was worth being exposed to Christianity This is an early manifestation of dehuminization because this is what the Slave owners used to pacify themselves as well as appease the minds of the hard laboring slaves Slaves were now being born into slavery and this is what black Americans thought life was supposed be like This is shown directly in George Hortons Slavery but still a gloom hope of freedom and liberty kindled in the lives of these early poetsSamuel Wards Autobiography of a Fugitive Negro shows strong dehuminization in the simple things of life such as not knowing when he was born
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