Research Papers on Slavery & Civil Rights

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  • Black Middle Class and the U.S. Civil Rights Movement

    A 11 page research paper, plus a 1 page proposal for that paper, that examines how the civil rights movement has caused the creation of a large, African-American middle class in contemporary America. The writer offers an overview of the civil rights era and argues that this large black middle class has reaped the benefits of that era, as well as furthering its goals. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • RESEARCH PROPOSAL FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN COWBOYS AND EAST TEXAS, DISCRIMINATORY PRACTICES

    This 4-page paper presents a research proposal concerning a study of bigotry and discrimination against African American cowboys in East Texas during the 19th century. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • 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.

  • Martin Luther King Jr. and Rene Descartes on Skepticism

    This 8 page paper discusses how both of these men were skeptical about certain aspects of life. Additionally, this paper analyzes how their skepticisms influenced their lives, philosophies and teachings. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • The Color of Water by McBride and Racism

    This 5 page paper looks at the autobiographical account with a focus on this black man's white, Jewish mother. The theme of racism are explored. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness and Racism

    This is a 7 page paper discussing racism in Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness”. Joseph Conrad’s novella “Heart of Darkness” (1901) is highly controversial in regards to its racist perspective towards the African native. Although “darkness” within the story is also used to describe the darkness within all men and societies, even those within England and Europe, overall Conrad, through the character of Marlow whose background is very much like his own, shows the racist perspective which was generally accepted at the time in that Africans were considered “prehistoric”, “frenzied” and the environment in which they lived appeared “unearthly” and at times the natives appeared to be nearly “inhuman” in their differences and contrasts to the white man. Europeans, on the other hand, while they may have apparent elements of darkness within, are described in terms of purity, fairness, orderliness, and are civilized and those who, including Conrad, can only appreciate the African native in his own environment but in no means could extend that appreciation beyond that in comparison with Europeans and European society; a racist attitude which was reflected by Conrad within the story. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Christianity as a U.S. Double Edged Sword

    (5 pp) Those who owned and worked slaves in the United States felt they had a God given mandate to do so, due to the color of the slaves skin and their "inferior" human nature. Believing that God has given you power, may make you very reluctant to give it up that power. This attitude made the mighty sword of Christianity, two edged - sacred and profane.

  • Michael K. Honey's Southern Labor and Black Civil Rights Organizing Memphis Workers

    A 6 page review of the book by Author Michael K. Honey. Honey outlines the societal conditions which were at play in 1930s Memphis Tennessee in comparison to the various laws which were on the books to protect black rights. The contention is made that custom can, and does, sometimes outweigh law. This was the case in Memphis but the arrival of the Civil Rights movement and such efforts as the labor movement was soon to turn the tides more in favor of the severely disadvantaged classes in this southern community. The societal move towards unionization of the workplace was particularly advantageous. No additional sources are listed.

  • Comparison Between Indira Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.

    A 5 page research paper that contrasts and compares the leadership skills of Martin Luther King and Indira Gandhi. The writer argues that an examination of the leadership skills and accomplishments of King and Gandhi demonstrates that, while there is much to applaud in Mrs. Gandhi's political career, history has judged King's leadership more positively than India's that of famous prime minister. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • UK Multiculturalism and Anti Racism

    This 8 page paper consider the issue of anti racism and multiculturalism. The writer demonstrates why there is a need for anti-racist policies and legislation, and also why anti racism does not automatically lead to multiculturalism. The bibliography cites 10 sources.

  • Importance of Black History Month for African American Youth

    A 5 page paper which illustrates why Black History Month is important for the African Americna youth to learn and celebrate. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • THE BLACK HISTORY OF AMERICA’S WHITE HOUSE

    This 10-page paper discusses racism in the White House throughout the history of the Presidency. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • White Establishment and the Black Panther Party

    A 5 page paper which examines this radical group and considers why they were feared by the white people of the White American establishment. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • M.L. King/Letter from a Birmingham Jail

    A 3 page essay that analyzes Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous letter. On April 16, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King responded to a published statement signed by eight of his fellow clergymen that castigated him for his involvement in Civil Rights protests that took place in Birmingham, Alabama, which is the reason why King was arrested. King’s response to the allegations of these clergymen is considered to be a masterpiece of modern rhetoric. This examination of King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” demonstrates that his argument fits with the framework offered by Rogerian analysis. No additional sources cited.

  • Speech Analysis / King's 'I Have a Dream'

    4 pages in length. A detailed analysis of Dr. Martin Luther King's infamous 'I Have a Dream' speech -- written from a communications perspective. Among other things, the report looks at King's use of language, conviction, credibility, and semantics. Numerous examples (quotations) are used to demonstrate how King's got his message across effectively. No Bibliography.

  • King’s Premise of Non-Violence: Applications to the Women’s Movement

    A 4 page exploration of Dr. Martin Luther King’s premise of non-violence. This paper observes the impact of this premise on the women’s movement. Biblography lists 4 sources.

  • Analysis of "I Have a Dream" Speech by Martin Luther King

    An 8 pages analysis of Dr. King's famous speech, drawing on Kenneth Burke's Theory of Dramatism. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Dr. Martin Luther King's Ideologies and How They Contributed to His Murder

    In six pages this paper takes a sociological approach to Dr. King’s 1968 assassination, considering how his personal and professional philosophies may have led to his demise. Four sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Workplace Equality?

    This 5-page paper supports the assertion that there continues to be inequalities in the workplace in terms of gender and race. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • The United States and The Civil Rights Movement

    A brief, 4 page overview of the struggle for civil rights in the United States. Covers relevant politics and law-making from 1870 to the present. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Civil Rights' Struggles of African American Women

    This 8 page paper provides an overview of the wya in which Belinda Robnett relates two specific themes in her book How Long? How Long? African American Women in the Struggle for Civil Rights. These themes include the role that women played in the background of the Civil Rights Movement, and the conflicts that arose from trying to view the Civil Rights Movement from a feminist perspective. Robnett recognized that women were instrumental in many aspects of the Black Power Movement, but that they were not recognized as leaders of a movement that was lead by men and seemed inherently sexist. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Study Guide/Oedipus the King & Darker Face of the Earth

    A 5 page research paper that offers a study guide and suggestions on how to understand and approach the task of essay writing on 2 plays: Oedipus the King by Sophocles and The Darker Face of the Earth by Rita Dove. To repeat this, this paper is not an essay but it rather suggestions and a study guide. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Barack Obama's Speech On March 18, 2008: Race

    3 pages in length. Titling his speech "A More Perfect Union," President-elect Barack Obama inspired listeners with the ideals of a nation that is written in constitutional purpose but as of today has yet to be realized. The primary focus of Obama's speech was to revisit this major discrepancy of American culture by way of illustrating how history has set a harmful precedent that must now be restructured to incorporate race as an all-encompassing and nurturing concept. No bibliography.

  • 1834 Bermuda

    This 8 page paper explores Bermuda in the early 1800's, and the relationship between masters and slaves. This paper highlights the process of freedom for slaves who were eager to be free as well as the masters who were largely also eager for the slaves to be free. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Where Do We Go from Here Chaos or Community? by Martin Luther King Jr.

    A 5 page review of the civil rights leader’s last book. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • 'Letter from Birmingham Jail' by Martin Luther King Jr.

    A 7 page paper which analyzes the types of arguments used by Martin Luther King Jr. in his Letter from Birmingham Jail. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Theories on Leadership

    This 8 page paper discusses different leadership theories and how these theories are evidenced in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Specific theories addressed include situational, contingency, path-goal, leader-member exchange, transformational, and charismatic. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Rosa Parks

    A 4 page paper on Rosa Parks. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Common Ground Stood on by Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X

    A 4 page essay that contrasts the positions on political activism of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King by looking at Letter from the Birmingham Jail and Malcolm X's autobiography. The writer argue that by the end of his life, Malcolm X's attitude toward violence had changed and come much closer to that of Dr. King. No additional sources cited.

  • 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.

  • Stereotype Cause And Effect On The Black Population

    4 pages in length. The marginalizing factor associated with stereotypes leaves many minority populations with a sense of self-defeat and the inability to overcome what many hold as accurate attitudes. The black population is particularly prone to this type of social thinking, inasmuch as blacks are hit with a disproportionate number of stereotypical allegations that make the entire population out to be thieving, lazy, dumb womanizers who have no value for themselves or anyone else. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Segregation in Education

    7 pages. This paper gives an effective look at the fact that African Americans need neither segregated schools nor mixed schools. What they need is simply good education. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Racial Profiling and Racial Discrimination

    This 8 page paper discusses the practice of racial profiling as it relates to minorities, and concludes that racial profiling is actually a form of racial discrimination. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Discussion of the U.S. Civil War Reconstruction and Recommendations

    This 7-page paper focuses on the U.S. Civil War and its Reconstruction, and offers recommendations and potential legislation for how things could have been different. Also discussed are reasons for the War itself and where Reconstruction went wrong. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Civil War and Reconstruction Social Welfare Programs

    This is a 12 page paper discussing the social welfare programs developed throughout the Civil War and Reconstruction Era. The Civil War and the Reconstruction years until 1896 saw a change in the social reform system in the United States as it was a time when “thousands of people received public assistance for the first time in their lives” according to Green (2003). The 1800s and the impact of the Civil War and Emancipation Proclamation also saw African Americans and minorities for the first time receiving some pensions and benefits although largely the welfare and pension system favored the whites and former soldiers in the war. Nevertheless, the formation of charities, organizations and pensions in the 19th century which addressed the needs of the increased state of poverty and the minority populations provided a basis for the social welfare system and civil rights which progressed through the 20th century. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • History of Racism in the United States

    This 5 page paper addresses the color line by delving back to slave days. Frederick Douglass's narrative is used in the discussion. The culture of poverty thesis is also discussed. Examples are provided. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Slavery & Religious Principles

    A 4 page essay that draws upon 3 primary sources from the antebellum era. From a modern perspective, it seems incredible that the most engrossing religious topic of the antebellum era was whether or not God sanctioned slavery or prohibited it. As slavery seems to modern eyes to be completely antithetical to Christian principles, this historical fact is difficult to comprehend. However, an examination of primary sources, both pro and con, shows that this was a complex debate, which had both sides drawing on scripture for justification of their arguments. However, ultimately, the most compelling arguments are against slavery, as the reality of the inhumanity of slavery negates any rationalization that can be put forth. Bibliography lists 3 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.

  • 17th and 18th Century America and White Slaves

    An 8 page consideration of an often overlooked component of American history. While it is impossible to assign a precise number to the percentage of slaves that were white, suffice it to say that this number was significant and that these slaves served in the same capacity as blacks. As a consequence, they began to identify more with blacks in some instances than the did with whites. As white slaves interchanged both culture and genes with blacks, the previously strictly separate ideas of Caucasian verses African began to somewhat blur. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Alleged North and South Dichotomy and American Slavery

    This 8 page paper examines the North/South dichotomy regarding slavery. The thesis is that the difference is overstated. Much attention goes to Virginia to prove the point. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Slavery and the South

    A 4 page paper which examines how slavery affected people in the South. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Cold War Civil Rights

    A 3 page review of Mary Dudziak’s Cold War Civil Rights. No additional sources cited.

  • Tribal Scars

    In this 3-page paper, Sembene Ousman's Tribal Scars or The Voltaique is reviewed in terms of why it is important to the men to find the history of tribal scars. There are no sources.

  • Nat Turner's Slave Rebellion and its Cause

    On August 22, 1831, a band of slaves, led by lay preacher Nat Turner, entered a house in Southampton County, Virginia and killed five members of a family. This was the beginning of a slave uprising that was to become known as Nat Turner's rebellion. This 8 page paper reviews the life of Nat Turner and his role in the rebellion. Bibliography included.

  • Fires of Jubilee Nat Turner's Fierce Rebellion by Oates

    A 5 page paper on this illuminating nonfiction analysis of the most famous slave rebellion of the antebellum era. The paper analyzes the way Oates brings the character of this brilliant, articulate, but tormented man to life. Bibliography lists two sources.

  • Why We Can't Wait by Martin Luther King Jr.

    5 pages worth of notes, analysis, & information pertinent to Martin Luther King Jr.'s book Why We Can't Wait. No sources are listed.

  • Harlem Renaissance and White Literary Movements

    A 7 page paper which assesses the amount and type of influence that white literary movements had on the distinctive literature that arose in Harlem in the 1920s. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

  • Mutiny on the Amistad by Howard Jones

    A 5 page analysis of Howard Jones' account of the Amistad case, in which black captives seized control of a slave ship in the early 1800s and tried to return to Africa. The writer argues that Jones demonstrates how the repercussions of the Amistad case went far beyond its immediate effect on the defendants, but rather affected the course of the American abolitionist movement, foreign relations with Spain, and the perspective that those involved toward the legal system of the US. No additional sources cited.

  • Common Misconceptions Regarding Affirmative Action

    A 7 page research paper that examines the white male backlash against affirmative action and offers a rebuttal against some of the assumed ideas of this movement. The writer argues that there are numerous misconceptions concerning affirmative action and that these programs are still needed. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

  • Civilization and Savagery in the Works of Mary Rowlandson and James Fenimore Cooper

    A 5 page analysis of James Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans and Mary White Rowlandson's personal narrative that tells of her capture by Narragansett Indians in a 1675 attack on Lancaster, Mass. The writer argues that both of these accounts are revealing as to how whites viewed Native Americans and how this showed the contrast between what is considered 'civilized behavior' and savagery. No additional sources cited.

  • 'Low Lifes' in Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

    A 7 page paper that examines Harriet Beecher Stowe's classic 1852 novel Uncle Tom's Cabin. An analysis of the characters of Arthur Shelby, Mr. Haley, and Simon Legree is presented as well as the underlying theme that entwines these characters. Also included is an excerpt from Eliza's flight and its relation to the general theme as well as a short analysis of positive early twentieth century critiques. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • David Remnick's King of the World Muhammad Ali and the Rise of an American Hero

    A 5 page paper that presents a general overview of David Remnick's King of the World: Muhammad Ali and the Rise of an American Hero. Discussed is the effective technique Remnick employed by including a rich background of historical detail and the enrichment and comprehension this detail added to the story of the life of Muhammad Ali, professional boxer and American hero. Bibliography lists 1 sources.

  • Semantic Analysis of Ar'n't I a Woman?' by Sojourner Truth

    5 pages in length. Sojourner Truth exposes her defiance toward the system's rules, which, as she points out, have all been designed by men, for men. Eloquent in both style and approach, Truth does not allow her gender to get in the way of insisting that nowhere in the framework of human rights has it been established that men are in any way more deserving than women. The writer discusses the semantic interpretation of one passage of Truth's historic speech. No additional sources cited.

  • Issues of Race in Cuba

    This 5 page paper looks at Cuba's history, with a focus on its formation shortly after independence. Several issues are discussed. The race issue is illuminated. Most of the positions draws on information from a book by Aline Helg. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

 

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