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The world as we know it is not the world that some of our parents or older people in the world have seen it. The story of America is no different, from any other country in the world. We as a nation have worked hard to be who we are today, and in today’s society. In the 1960’s America still struggled with the issue of racial equality and there were many African American leaders as well as Caucasian leaders who were in support of racial equality for all who lived within the borders of the United States. In the story “American History” by Judith Ortiz Cofer, we are able to visualize graphic depictions of racial inequality and the large amounts of stereotypes that were present during the 60’s. Cofer bought forth a story of creative non-fiction that explained to the common reader of how things were during the narrator of the story’s daily life and how her and her family was able to cope with the issues that had held them down for many years. There are many instances in Cofer’s story that suggest that the main character of the
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Unformatted text preview: story was deeply moved by the decisions of many of the adults that surrounded her. Cofer also uses powerful, intense, and dramatic words to explain the life of a Peurto Rican immigrant during the 1960’s America. Cofer’s “American History” is about a girl Eliana who is growing up in the very abusive world during the 1960’s and how she has to deal with being confused and lost in her own world as she goes through the stages of puberty, steadily comparing herself to other girls in her high school. She is ridiculed and made to seem inferior to others because of her outward appearance and also because of her nationality. Eliana, is the narrator of Cofer’s “American History” and through the words of Cofer is portrayed as being scared of rejection from many different people of different races. Eliana lived in a building known as “El Building” in Paterson, NJ and she described the building as a “monstrous Jukebox, blasting out salsas from the open windows…”(pg. 346)...
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