8. Essay – Time and Distance Overcome
The relationship between white and black people in America is still today an ongoing issue, which can be traced back in history. Even though the issue isn’t as big as it was 50 years ago, it still has influence in America, in every perspective, both as individuals but also as a community. Today we have a black president in America, so America has changed, but how was that possible? And how is the relationship between blacks and whites? Another interesting perspective is the telephone, is a thing to communicate with, but can it also be used to make a bond between whites and blacks? That is what the essay “Time and Distance Overcome” deals with.
The text is an essay written by Eula Biss in 2008. She is well-known for her essays, and she is a white woman. The essay “Time and Distance Overcome” deals with the issue of racism in America, and the history of the telephone poles. The composition of the essay is divided into three segments, which is marked by three stars. The first section is from line 1 to 64, and focuses on the history of the telephone. The second segment is from line 65 to 135 and focuses on racism, and the last part from line 136 to the end is the conclusion and it connects the two first segments, and tells about her personal relationship telephone poles. At first it doesn’t seem like there is any connection between the first two sections, but it is the telephone pole that connects these two. In the first segment, the language and atmosphere is positive, as she describes the history of the telephone. At start the people was sceptical towards the use of telephones, and the War of Telephone Poles became a reality. But still the telephone and the telephone pole become symbol of something positive, as it connects people, even though the distance is great. “Despite the war on Telephone Poles, it would take only four years after Bell’s first public demonstration...
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