Unformatted text preview: 1963, the Civil Rights movement was fighting racism on many fronts. Parks’s portrayal of African Americans in the different world of the 1920’s did not strike a familiar chord with the literary and social critics of a later time. The author writes of a society and a family in which traditional religious and moral values were accepted without question. By the 1960’s, much had changed. The Learning Tree has had little impact upon later African American writers, and later critical commentaries rarely discussed its significance as a work of art. Nevertheless, it has remained in print almost continuously since it was first published, and in 1969 it was made into a successful film directed by Gordon Parks , who became the first African American to direct a major Hollywood film. If not widely praised by critics, then or since, the novel has been read avidly by more than one generation of Americans....
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- Spring '08