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This assortment assembles greater than 40 speeches, lectures, and essays serious to the abolitionist campaign, that includes writing through William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, Lydia Maria baby, Wendell Phillips, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Ralph Waldo Emerson.
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Great big nigger, black as tar Trying tuh git tuh hebben on uh ‘lectric car’ (EA 182). Together the group enjoys the “primitive” authenticity Hurston deploys to characterize their collective identity. As a result, the differences between Becky and other mothers, or between the Deacon and folks like the Joneses, disappear to become unified action. The “people” shout collectively. As a group, their clapping transforms them into “bodies,” “mouths,” “faces” and “feet” experiencing together a primal moment, and their behavior indisputably pictures their color.
Thus, in black/white spaces “color” becomes a self-conscious indication of the “the ocean and continent”31 that, in her logic, separates the races. But, because their community is already black, the folk in Eatonville have no need to describe their color—“sweating bodies, laughing mouths and grotesque faces” personify who and what they are. The folk are merely being themselves, their behavior becomes the hieroglyphics of a racial distinction that in interracial contexts requires another kind of representation.
In his “major” poems Dunbar employs the formal language of English verse to elevate his people to a new status. The first poem in Oak and Ivy, “Ode to Ethiopia” pays tribute to black humanity: O Mother Race! to thee I bring This pledge of faith unwavering, This tribute to thy glory. I know the pangs which thou didst feel, When slavery crushed thee with 18 THE REAL NEGRO its heel, With thy deer blood all gory… Be proud, my Race, in mind and soul; Thy name is writ on Glory’s scroll In characters of fire.
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