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Papers On Slavery, Racism & Civil Rights
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DuBois and Washington: Matched Set or Opposite Bookends?
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This five-page-paper compares and contrasts two of the of the most famous civil rights activists in African American history. Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Dubois spent their lives as civil rights activists for their people but used different approaches toward the same goal. The differences and similarities are discussed along with explanations as to how those differences came to be. Bibliography lists four sources.
Filename: CWbookwe.doc

Play and Leisure Among Slave Children in the United States
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A 5 page overview of the concepts of play and recreation and how they related to black children during slavery. Emphasizes that play was shaped by the environment and that while black children may have not had much leisure time they assuredly engaged in a diversity of play and leisure activities. These activities could have been as diverse as learning to read, as Frederick Douglass related in his now infamous narratives, to learning complex and often meaningful circular song games. Bibliography lists 10 sources.
Filename: PPslaveC.wps

The Emancipation Proclamation
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This 10 page paper explores the problems with the Emancipation Proclamation. Events which led up to the creation of the document and its ultimate effects are noted. Slavery is also discussed from a Christian perspective. Measures Lincoln could have implemented which would have been more effective are explored. The paper takes the position that the proclamation did not free the slaves which is part of the reason why black people in America continue to be troubled. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
Filename: Emanproc.wps

The Slave Narrative, White Readership, and the Oral Tradition
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A 5 page paper analyzing five different works by slaves or former slaves (Olaudau Equiano, Harriet Jacobs, Frederick Douglass, David Walker, and Nat Turner) in the light of their reliance on literacy or the oral tradition to further their cause. The paper points out that regardless of whether the intended readership was black or white, black writers of the pre-Civil War period relied heavily on communications arts both to muster opposition to slavery and to encourage blacks not to give up hope. Bibliography lists four sources.
Filename: KBslave.wps

African-American Influences On Art & Music
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A 5 page research paper on African-American contributions to American culture. The writer demonstrates how African-American culture ha influenced art and music in America since its earliest beginnings and emphasizes the contributions made by the artists of the Harlem Renaissance. Bibliography lists 8 sources.
Filename: Afart.wps


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