12 - James Weldon Johnson (1912) The Autobiography of an...

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James Weldon Johnson (1912) The Autobiography of an ex-colored Man Homer A. Plessy- Plessy v Ferguson (1896): segregation constitutionalized “separate but equal” What Kind of Novel? 1. Realist 2. Not an autobiography 3. A passing novel 4. A modernist novel 5. Psycholigical/Philosophical Novel: WEB DuBois “double consciousness” 6. Prophecy/Political Action Ragtime-classic Classic-ragtime Harlmen Renaissance (1920s) Great Migration NAACP -Homer Plessy was a strategic plant, he was 7/8 white and 1/8 white. He looked very white. The only reason they identified him as black was because he announced it Huck Finn -Slavery is a permanent part of the American Experience -Legacies of slavery still exist, the implications still live on -Jim was free but still treated like a slave. At the time twain wrote this book slavery was abolished but black people were still treated badly James Weldon Johnson -interestingly titled -a prophet of artistic development that we know call the Harlem renaissance
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