Research Papers on Slavery & Civil Rights

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  • African American Poetic Modernism

    A 5 page analysis and research paper which examines three representative poems from leaders of the Harlem Renaissance to illustrate the principle of modernism in black poetry. These poems are: 'Mulatto' by Langston Hughes; 'Incident' by Countee Cullen; and 'He was a man' by Sterling Brown. The writer first discusses what experts have said regarding the definition of modernism and then examines how these statements can be applied to each poem. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • 'Claudette Colvin Goes to Work' by Rita Dove

    This 4 page report discusses one of the poems in Rita Dove’s poetry volume titled “On the Bus with Rosa Parks.” “On the Bus with Rosa Parks” exemplifies the ways in which Dove captures a moment, sees it for what it was and is, and then addresses its unique beauty and power and the poem “Claudette Colvin Goes to Work” provides the reader with a truly unique insight into the awarenesses and experiences of one woman who . . . “goes to work.” Bibliography list only the primary source.

  • 'On Being Brought from Africa to America' by Phyllis Wheatley

    A 7 page paper which examines Phyllis Wheatley’s poem “On Being Brought from Africa to America.” The paper argues that the poem is one that subtly offers praise to the institution of slavery for having brought Christianity to the savage. Bibliography lists 5 additional sources.

  • 'Ballad of Birmingham' by Dudley Randall

    This 3 page paper analyzes this poem for form, tone, symbolism, alliteration and more. Examples given from text of Dudley Randalls poem: The Ballad of Birmingham. Bibliograpy lists 1 source.

  • African American Poetic Modernism

    A 5 page analysis and research paper which examines three representative poems from leaders of the Harlem Renaissance to illustrate the principle of modernism in black poetry. These poems are: 'Mulatto' by Langston Hughes; 'Incident' by Countee Cullen; and 'He was a man' by Sterling Brown. The writer first discusses what experts have said regarding the definition of modernism and then examines how these statements can be applied to each poem. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • 'On Being Brought from Africa to America' by Phyllis Wheatley

    A 7 page paper which examines Phyllis Wheatley’s poem “On Being Brought from Africa to America.” The paper argues that the poem is one that subtly offers praise to the institution of slavery for having brought Christianity to the savage. Bibliography lists 5 additional sources.

  • 'Ballad of Birmingham' by Dudley Randall

    This 3 page paper analyzes this poem for form, tone, symbolism, alliteration and more. Examples given from text of Dudley Randalls poem: The Ballad of Birmingham. Bibliograpy lists 1 source.

  • The Civil Rights Era and its Impact upon African American Poetry

    7 pages covering the voice of struggle expressed in Black poetry of the civil rights era. Analytical focus is specifically upon the works of such greats as Langston Hughes, Nikki Giovani, and Gwendolyn Brook. Bibliography lists 7 sources, Report also includes samples of two relevant poems (no additional charge).

  • Historians Phillips and Woodson and Slave History Recording

    This 5 page paper compares and contrasts these two historians. Their personal lives are looked at to try to decipher just why their views are so vastly different. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • KKK's History

    A 7 page paper that examines the history of the development of the Ku Klux Klan. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Law Cannot Alter Social Injustices in Harper Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

    A 5 page paper which discusses the book "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee, illustrating how it indicates that no law can truly change the social injustices experienced by those who are the victim of racism. Bibliography lists 2 additional sources.

  • Civil Rights and Law Enforcement

    This paper supports the thesis that during the period of segregation in the United States, Black people were forced to live under laws in which they had no say. This paper uses articles to prove the thesis through example. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Comparison of The Autobiography of Malcolm X and Spike Lee's 1992 Malcolm X Film

    An 8 page investigation into the life of one of the most controversial black leaders of all time. This paper contends that while the film is more graphical and moving, by the nature of its cinematic format, both the film and Haley’s book provide the same overall picture of Malcolm X. The author of this paper cautions, however, that to really understand the man we must look beyond his words and, indeed, the words of those who so eagerly portray him in film and book to find more objective sources for our conclusions. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Civil Rights Movement and the Role of African American Women

    A 5 page paper that discusses the behind-the-scene roles that black women played in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and how these roles supplied the support and strength to carry this movement forward. Also discussed is the triple burden of oppression that these women have labored under, a burden consisting of not only racial prejudice, but gender and class prejudice as well. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Spike Lee the Man and His Work

    A 5 page paper discussing Spike Lee's filmmaking views and his advertising career. Of his films, even his critics report that Lee is honest and reports in his films only what is there is to see. Demanding and exacting, he has a clear idea of what he wants to see in his films, and he has gained the respected position of managing director. Still, many black people are uncomfortable with what they see on a Spike-Lee-sponsored screen, but Spike Lee continues to lead his own life, making films and designing advertising campaign in his 'spare time.' Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • The Middle Passage/Deslauriers

    A 3 page research paper that describes French director Guy Deslauriers’ 2000 film “The Middle Passage” endeavors to portray the horrors endured by Africans abducted from their homes and forcibly transported to the New World. The film is a “stylistic gamble” as it is “without dialogue, individualized characters or conventional narrative arc” (Harvey 26). In other words, the film attempts to offer a contemporary audience the illusion that they are looking directly at history and the atrocities perpetuated on captured Africans. The main question, therefore, in evaluating this film is whether or not this depiction is accurate. The writer discusses this question, drawing on the narrative of Olaudah Equiano. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Cinematic Perspectives of Society and Race

    A 6 page discussion of how our race and social perspective influences our interaction with others. The author uses six films set in the early twentieth century to illustrate this phenomena. These films are "Out of Africa", "Harem Suare", "Nowhere in Africa", "King of the Khyber Rifles", "The Charge of the Light Brigade", and "A Passage to India". Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • The History Of American Gospel Music

    This 5 page paper discusses the history of gospel music in America, from its pre-Civil War beginning to its breakthrough in the mid-1900s to its current popular status. It pays special attention to the influence of gospel music and its performers, particularly Thomas Dorsey and Mahalia Jackson, on the changes in the African American condition. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • US Slavery History

    5 pages in length. A discussion of the beginnings of slavery in the South and how it impacted the economics, as well as the nature of the institution. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Australian History and Blight

    This 10 page paper looks at the period of time when Aboriginal children were stolen and placed into mainstream white culture. The paper uses singer Archie Roach as the primary focus. Roach was a victim and had been taken from his family in 1958. The paper looks at events in historical context and argues that this event is one in a larger chasm of global racism. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • 20th Century Race History

    This 6 page paper discusses the history of race in the twentieth century and included such major movements as slavery, segregation, desegregation, and the civil rights movement. Furthermore, many notable authors and their views on this topic are noted in this paper, such as Zinn, McBride, Mel King, and more. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Slave Trade Economics and History

    15 pages. Explores the history and economics of both the North and the South before, during and after the Civil War. Bibliography lists 17 sources.

  • The Role of Women and Minorities in the Labor Movement

    A 7 page paper which examines the role of women and minorities in the history of the labor movement. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • History of the Civil Rights Movement in America

    This 7 page paper examines the general history of civil rights in the United States, ranging from the mid-1800's through the modern-day civil rights movement that occured in the late 1950's. This paper highlights such topics as the Reconstruction era, the KKK, the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments, the GI Bill, the modern civil rights movement, and more. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • An Analysis and History of The Congress of Racial Equality

    A 10 page paper which examines the history of CORE (The Congress of Racial Equality) and analyzes the organization. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • The History of African Americans From the Civil War Reconstruction, through the Progressive Age, and the First World War

    3 pages in length. The writer provides a brief overview of these three periods as they relate to African-American history. No bibliography.

  • Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs and History

    A 4 page paper which examines and analyzes an excerpt from Harriet Jacobs’ “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl” as they pertain to historical context. No additional sources cited.

  • Freedom Rides and African American History

    A 6 page paper which discusses the history of the African American through the Freedom Rides. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • African American Education Throughout History

    In this 4 page paper, the writer encapsulates the struggle for education for black children between Colonial America and the 1930s. Major persons, dates and events are presented. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Relevancy of the History of Civil Rights

    A 5 page research paper that sums up the state of racism in America during the Civil Rights movement and today. Presumably the United States is a pluralistic country made up many races and ethnic origins, wherein all citizens enjoy equal rights under the law. Conservative Republicans, arguing for the dismantling of Affirmative Action laws, argue that racism is a thing of the past and that such laws are not longer necessary or just. However, an examination of Black history and the history of the Civil Rights movement demonstrates the blatant, deeply-embedded institutionalized racism of the first-half of the twentieth century is still evident. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • History of Slavery in the US

    A 3 page paper which examines the history of slavery in the United States from Pre-Revolutionary to the Civil War. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Ishmael Reed's Flight to Canada and History

    A 9 page examination of history in Ishmael Reed’s “Flight to Canada.” Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • "Colored People": The History of the Term

    This 3 page paper considers the various terms applied to African Americans over the years, whether or not the term "colored people" is derogatory, and whether the NAACP should consider changing its name. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Racism within the Context of Literature

    This 10 page paper discusses the issue of race in the novels, A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines, and Sula, by Toni Morrison. This paper compares and contrasts the way in which the author deals with the subjects of racism, sexism and the universal themes of conflict and resolution. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Literature, Poetry, and Identity Themes

    This 3 page paper discusses the theme of racism and identity in representative works of Ellison, Morales, Johnson and Lakoff. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Black Literature and Violence

    A 15 page research paper/essay that examines the theme of violence in Frederick Douglass' Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs' Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl and W.E.B. Du Bois' The Souls of Black Folk. The writer argues that the violence regularly perpetrated against people of African descent is a common thread connecting these works. While, naturally, these authors address other issues and complications of the institution of slavery, violence provides a background theme that serves to underscore all else. It is the coercive and pervasive element that white mainstream culture uses to keep blacks "in their place" during the antebellum era, and long after African Americans theoretically were free. In regards to the slave narratives of Douglass and Jacobs, the writer focuses on the differences between male and female slave experience. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Literature and Dual African American Worlds

    This 7 page paper illustrates the conflict of ethnicity to nationality in the literature of two Harlem Renaissance writers: Hurston and Wright. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Examples of Post-Colonial Strife In Literature

    This 4 page paper examines the following stories in regards to the issue of post-colonial strife: "The Heart of Redness", "Anil's Ghost", and "Sozaboy". Furthermore, this paper illustrates how the characters in these stories are confronted with strife and how they proceed to overcome the strife that occurs in their experience. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Black Community and the Impact of Black Sports Figuresty

    This 8 page paper acknowledges the fact that sports figures do influence children, young adults and are role models. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Evolution Of Gospel Music In America

    A 7 page paper that presents the history and evolution of gospel music beginning with music created by slaves. The name of this music also changed from anthem to spiritual to gospel over the years. The essay comments on the separation of white gospel music and black gospel music and identifies some of the pioneers in this field as well as more contemporary performers as gospel transitioned to mainstream. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Scripture and Owning Slaves

    A 7 page paper. The Holy Bible has been used to justify many different acts, practices and attitudes, often in error. This is the case with slavery. This paper reports some of the verses used by proslavery advocates to demonstrate the Bible approves of slaves and slavery. Noah’s curse on Ham’s descendants is a common section used to prove that God approves of slavery. Other verses are identified and discussed. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Origins of Blues Music

    A 10 page research paper which examines the origins of the blues and how this musical medium grew out of African-American culture as an expression of protest against the society which suppressed them. The writer covers such topics as the history of the blues, as well as spotlighting African-American artists whose works were instrumental in forming the blues as we know it today. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Music Addressing Racial Prejudice and its Political Implications

    This 7 page paper examines the implications of using music to "discuss" racial discrimination, with particular emphasis on the Billie Holiday song "Strange Fruit." Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Southern Slaves and Freedom Songs

    An 8 page research paper that examines the ways that Southern slaves employed music in facilitating their escapes on the Underground Railroad. The writer particularly address the song 'Follow the Drinking Gourd' and how this song aided slaves in reaching Canada and freedom. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

 

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