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The College Board Advanced Placement Examination UNITED STATES HISTORY SECTION II (Suggested writing time – 40 min) “Major American writers have been indifferent to the social problems of their day.” Assess the validity of this statement. Document A Mark Twain, The Lowest Animal (1897) Man is the only Slave. And he is the only animal who enslaves. He has always been a slave in one form or another, and has always held other slaves in bondage under him in one way or another. In our day he is always some man's slave for wages, and does that man's work; and this slave has other slaves under him for minor wages, and they do his work. The higher animals are the only ones who exclusively do their own work and provide their own living. Document B Arthur Miller, “A Note On The Historical Accuracy Of This Play” (April 12th, 1952) Because I've been working with the materials of the Salem Witch Trails of 1692 for so long as an academic historian, many people have asked me if I've seen the play or film The Crucible , and what I think of it. Miller created works of art, inspired by the actual events for the artistic/political purposes Miller intended: first produced on Broadway on January 22, 1953, it was in response to the panic caused by irrational fear of Communism during the Cold War which resulted in the hearings by the House Committee on Unamerican Activities. * In Miller's tales (there are slight differences, which I won't bother to get into unless it's a major difference), a lovelorn teenager is spurned by the married man she loves, and in her revenge, she fans a whole community into a blood-lust frenzy. This is simply not history. The real story is far more complex, dramatic, and interesting -- and well worth exploring. This page, however, is only dedicated to separating the fact from the fiction in Miller's work.
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Document C Langston Hughes, “Let America Be America Again” (1940) I am the poor white, fooled and pushed apart, I am the Negro bearing slavery's scars.
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