Frederick Douglass, Jean Toomer, And Zora Neale Hurston And Their Outlook Of The American South

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The American South encapsulated some of the most influential African American writers of the time. These writers were able to connect with others through their writings about pain, faith, struggle, and hope for a life with more camaraderie. Known for perpetuating the cruelest acts of violence toward slaves, the South was a place that a colored individual was known to avoid. Although the South was not just considered the site of brutality, it was considered the birthplace of African-American cultural practices and now a place for hope and change. In this essay I will discuss and analyze the works of Frederick Douglass, Jean Toomer, and Zora Neale Hurston and their outlook of the American South. Frederick Douglass was one of the most important African American writers of the nineteenth century, who happened to also be born into slavery himself. Since being born into slavery, Douglass’ earliest sentiment to himself was to someday escape from the South and find freedom elsewhere. This was slowing Douglass down from finding legitimate freedom within his life’s journey. As said in the African American Literature novel by Keith Gilyard and Anissa Wardi, Frederick Douglass in the narrative of his life said, “…from the earliest recollection, I date the entertainment of a deep conviction that slavery would not always be able to hold me within its foul embrace…this living word of faith and spirit of hope departed not from me, but remained like ministering angels to cheer me through…

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