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Ch 4: Works by African American Writers: Homework Help

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The Works by African American Writers chapter of this 12th Grade English Homework Help course helps students complete their African American writers homework and earn better grades. This homework help resource uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long.

How it works:

  • Identify which concepts are covered on your African American writers homework.
  • Find videos on those topics within this chapter.
  • Watch fun videos, pausing and reviewing as needed.
  • Complete sample problems and get instant feedback.
  • Finish your African American writers homework with ease!

Authors and topics from your homework you'll be familiar with:

  • Maya Angelou
  • James Baldwin
  • Countee Cullen
  • Frederick Douglass
  • W.E.B. Du Bois
  • Ralph Ellison
  • Langston Hughes
  • Zora Neale Hurston
  • Claude McKay
  • Toni Morrison
  • The Harlem Renaissance and the Jazz Age
  • Alice Walker
  • Richard Wright

15 Lessons in Chapter 4: Works by African American Writers: Homework Help
The Harlem Renaissance: Novels and Poetry from the Jazz Age

1. The Harlem Renaissance: Novels and Poetry from the Jazz Age

The Harlem Renaissance was a movement in the 1920s and 1930s during which there was an explosion of African-American art and literature. This lesson looks at the themes, causes, and important figures of the Harlem Renaissance.

Frederick Douglass: Narrative and Style

2. Frederick Douglass: Narrative and Style

In this lesson, we will learn about Frederick Douglass, an escaped slave who became one of the most powerful voices in the abolitionist movement in the United States. In addition, we will examine his written work, most notably his first autobiography - ''Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave.''

W.E.B. Du Bois: Theories, Accomplishments & Double Consciousness

3. W.E.B. Du Bois: Theories, Accomplishments & Double Consciousness

W.E.B. Du Bois was an important figure in American civil rights history, and his idea of the double consciousness delved into what it felt like to live as a black person in a white people's world. Learn more about his life and works in this lesson.

Countee Cullen's Role in the Harlem Renaissance: An Analysis of Heritage

4. Countee Cullen's Role in the Harlem Renaissance: An Analysis of Heritage

The Harlem Renaissance exposed the world to everyone from W.E.B. DuBois to Ella Fitzgerald. In this lesson, we'll explore one of the movement's most iconic and resonant poems, Countee Cullen's 'Heritage.'

Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes were Watching God: Summary & Analysis

5. Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes were Watching God: Summary & Analysis

Zora Neale Hurston's novel 'Their Eyes Were Watching God' is a famous Harlem Renaissance novel that examines race and gender issues through the eyes of its main character, Janie Crawford. This lesson gives a synopsis of the novel and examines how it approaches race and gender.

Langston Hughes & the Harlem Renaissance: Poems of the Jazz Age

6. Langston Hughes & the Harlem Renaissance: Poems of the Jazz Age

Langston Hughes was a popular poet from the Harlem Renaissance. His Jazz Age poems, including 'Harlem' and 'I, Too, Sing America,' discussed the racism facing African Americans in the 1920s and '30s.

Claude McKay: Role in Harlem Renaissance & 'America' Analysis

7. Claude McKay: Role in Harlem Renaissance & 'America' Analysis

Claude McKay was an influential Harlem Renaissance poet. His poems 'America' and 'If We Must Die' explored the complicated relationship African Americans had with the world around them.

Ralph Ellison: Invisible Man Summary and Analysis

8. Ralph Ellison: Invisible Man Summary and Analysis

If people only see you as a part of a race, and not as an individual, are you still a person? In this lesson, we'll analyze Ralph Ellison's important and critically acclaimed novel, 'Invisible Man.'

Richard Wright's Black Boy: Summary and Analysis

9. Richard Wright's Black Boy: Summary and Analysis

After his fiction masterpiece 'Native Son,' Richard Wright wrote a deeply personal and moving autobiography, covering his childhood in the South and his life as an adult in Chicago. In this lesson, we'll explore 'Black Boy.'

Maya Angelou: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and Poetry

10. Maya Angelou: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and Poetry

'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings' is the autobiography of American poet Maya Angelou. While the story is often difficult to read, it shows how a strong person can overcome difficult obstacles and achieve great things. Learn more about the inspiring life story of one of the country's greatest writers.

Contemporary African American Writers: Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, James Baldwin

11. Contemporary African American Writers: Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, James Baldwin

In this lesson, we will look at the role of contemporary African American writing. The focus will be on authors Toni Morrison, Alice Walker and James Baldwin.

Mildred D. Taylor: Biography, Books & Facts

12. Mildred D. Taylor: Biography, Books & Facts

This lesson discusses the author Mildred D. Taylor and her books, including her award-winning book for children, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. Read the lesson and take the quiz!

Nikki Grimes: Biography, Poems & Books

13. Nikki Grimes: Biography, Poems & Books

She began writing at age six and was mentored by the great James Baldwin. ~'When I grow up, ~'I'll write books about children who look and feel like me.~' She kept her word and has written over 30 books. Read this lesson to find out how Nikki Grimes did it.

On Being Brought from Africa to America by Phillis Wheatley: Summary & Analysis

14. On Being Brought from Africa to America by Phillis Wheatley: Summary & Analysis

'On Being Brought from Africa to America' is the most famous poem by Phillis Wheatley, an African-American poet who gained literary success in her day, despite living in slavery. We'll explain and analyze the poem's meanings in this lesson.

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison: Summary & Characters

15. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison: Summary & Characters

In this lesson, we will discuss Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison. Through the story of a young man's awakening as a kind and loving human being, this novel explores themes such as flight, racial injustice, and abandonment.

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