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Ch 4: Works by African American Writers: Tutoring Solution

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Learning Objectives

  • Explore the novels and poetry that emerged during the Harlem Renaissance.
  • Describe the writing style of Frederick Douglass.
  • Explain the theories of W.E.B. du Bois.
  • Take a look at the poetry of Langston Hughes.
  • Analyze Maya Angelou's, 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings'.

15 Lessons in Chapter 4: Works by African American Writers: Tutoring Solution
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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.

Harlem By Langston Hughes: Analysis & Overview

12. Harlem By Langston Hughes: Analysis & Overview

Langston Hughes was one of the most popular writers from 'The Harlem Renaissance,' a cultural period in the United States during the 1920s. 'Harlem' is one of Langston Hughes's most well-known poems, which you'll learn about in this lesson.

Olaudah Equiano: Biography, Facts & Books

13. Olaudah Equiano: Biography, Facts & Books

How much do you know about Olaudah Equiano? You might know that he was captured and sold into slavery as a kid, but what about his work as an abolitionist and an author? Read on to learn about the biography and writing of Olaudah Equiano.

Paul Laurence Dunbar: Biography, Famous Poems & Awards

14. Paul Laurence Dunbar: Biography, Famous Poems & Awards

Explore the man, the works, and the achievements of an esteemed poet who broke through barriers becoming one of the first famous African-American poets during the late 19th century through the early 20th century.

Ruined by Lynn Nottage: Summary & Analysis

15. Ruined by Lynn Nottage: Summary & Analysis

Mama Nadi's brothel is an oasis for civilians and soldiers alike in Lynn Nottage's ''Ruined''. The play focuses on prostitutes at Mama's, most of whom have endured abuse yet manage to prevail over adversity. In this lesson, we will summarize and analyze Nottage's play.

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