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English Dictionary Report: Negro OED report In 1940, Langston Hughes wrote: "The word [negro] to colored people of high and low degree is like a red rag to a bull. Used rightly or wrongly, ironically or seriously, of necessity for the sake of realism, or impishly for the sake of comedy, it doesn't matter. The word [negro], you see, sums up for us who are colored all the bitter years of insult and struggle in America." When asked about the etymology of the word Negro most people would answer...

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The Intelligence of the Negro

“The Intelligence of the Negro” In the book Toussaint Louverture, there is a 1931 article by James in which he argues with the statements made by Dr. Harland and others. In this article James argues with Dr. Harland’s paper, “Race Admixture” which talks about how “the negro race are inferior to intelligence to the white” (189:1). Dr. Harland starts by pointing out the definition in the Encyclopaedia Britannica, published in 1884, “..the preamature ossifactation to the skull, preventing all further...

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Miseducatio of the negro

From the beginning when the African slaves first set foot on American soil, the Negro has been perceived as an inferior race. Unfortunately, the effects from slavery still take a hold of the Negro race even today. In this novel, Carter G. Woodson attempts to thoroughly explain why exactly this has come to exist. Years ago, the ideals in his book are still seen to be true. Woodson’s theory is that because of the way the Negro is treated by the oppressor, he has been brainwashed to believe his inferiority...

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The Negro Evolves

The Negro Evolves Bethany Verrillo Slavery by definition is the captivity and states of bondage the Negros were placed in daily. This was a long and hard battle black people fought in order to achieve a greater position in life. As the struggle continued, the drive for social acceptance, equality and a desire to contribute their culture to be remembered throughout history became the goal of many. The Negro race has greatly evolved from the struggle of inequality to the desire for his/her freedom...

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Negro Expression

Zora Neal Hurston identify as the "Characteristics of Negro Expression?" In 1933, Zora Neil Hurston wrote "Characteristics of Negro Expression" to frame the Negro or African-American as she saw him. She saw the results of the Great Migration as terrifying and spasmodic, unbearably inhumane and devastating to those left behind. For Hurston, rural black people were being forgotten; disappearing amidst the heady enthusiasm of the urban New Negro Movement. In Hurston's essay she describes the different...

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The New Negro by Alain Locke

The essay The New Negro by Alain Locke’s defines what Locke believes to be the “Old Negro and the “New Negro. This paper will compare and contrasts Marcus Garvey The Future as I See it and Langston Hughes various poems on why Locke would have characterized them as either Old Negroes, New Negroes, or both. I believe Locke, Garvey , Hughes were determined to see Blacks succeed. Each writer expresses their idea in their own unique way, but they all wanted freedom, equality, and respect. For example...

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The Mis-Education of the Negro

Africana Studies 305 Critical Analysis Summary Form Date: February 15,2010 In-Class Exercise No: Course: AFS 200-01 Author and Title of Reading or Chapter #: The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter G. Woodson List and Define Important Terms. mis-educated - taught inferiority & the education afforded to blacks was far inferior segregation - to separate or isolate propaganda - information given that helps or harms a particular group or instutition economic basement - the lowest financial...

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Strivings of the Negro People

The Strivings of The Negro People The essay that I am presenting today is “Strivings of the Negro People” by W.E.B Dubois. This essay was written in as an article in the Atlantic Monthly in 1987, but before I get to essay, I would like to give some background information about Mr. Dubois. Both scholar and activist, W.E.B. Du Bois was born on February 23, 1868, in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. He studied at Harvard University and, in 1895, became the first African American to earn a doctorate...

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Close Reading: The Negro Speaks of Rovers

“The Negro Speaks of Rivers” is a racial poem written by the African-American poet Langston Hughes that gives an account of the experiences of Negros across time. Hughes employs a diversity of literary elements that add to the success of the piece; this exposition seeks to outline and discuss those elements. The piece is divided into five stanzas. The first stanza is made up of three lines, the second stanza is made up of one line, the third stanza is made up of six lines, the fourth stanza is made...

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Book Analysis: The New Negro

control. Really, it’s just like bullying in many schools, but one hundred times worse. In “The New Negro”, Alain Locke has many important ideas and thoughts about society and the treatment of African Americans. He shows you what every life of a black American was like in the 1920’s. Many of the ideas that he writes are shown in Richard Wright’s Black Boy. “So for generations in the mind of America, the Negro has been more of a formula than a human being-a something to be argued about, condemned or defended...

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