From the red blood to the crimson scar: comparing the voice of protest and suffering in the works of Ida B Wells Bartnett and Ann Petry


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From the red blood to the crimson scar:

comparing the voice of protest and suffering in the works of Ida B Wells Bartnett and Ann Petry

Though the Civil War ended with the Emancipation Proclamation it did not however bring about the end to the fight of the African Americans to realize their rights in the actual sense of the term. Indiscrimination and injustice was still rampant in many states. Literature of the south reflected such disturbances as writers and poets took it up on themselves to protest and create awareness by the power of the pen. With this in regard Alain Locke made an interesting comment in an article he wrote for New World Writing(1952):

If slavery moulded the emotional and folk life of the Negro it was the anti-slavery struggle that developed his intellect and spurned him to disciplined articulate expression. Up to the Civil War, the growing anti-slavery movement was the midwife of Negro political and literary talent”

(Chapman,24)

African American women writers too joined the cause. The press to encouraged them to express their views and voice their demands, and even helped to gain audience with an ever increasing sympathetic audience who became party to their protests against political and social exhortations.

Ida B Wells Barnett was one of those writers who took up the pen to bring an answer to a long unanswered cause. Born on the 16 July 1862 in Mississippi to slave parents who ensured education for their children, Ida B Wells had a first-hand knowledge of discrimination and injustice which kept her revolutionary spirit ignited so as to fight against them all through her life; educating Europeans and Americans alike about the dreadfulness of lynching and numerous other atrocities that were perpetrated upon the African-Americans before and during her lifetime. As an author belonging to the period of Reconstruction Ida bore witness to much of the political turmoil that terrorized the United States of America in the post Civil-War period. She spent all her matured life fighting against the inequalities that had been brought forth by Jim Crow. The fact that her father was actively into politics and a member of the Republican Party surely shaped her role as an activist and reflected in her journalistic voice.

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Title
From the red blood to the crimson scar: comparing the voice of protest and suffering in the works of Ida B Wells Bartnett and Ann Petry
College
Presidency College, Kolkata
Course
M.A in Literature in English
Grade
none
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Year
2010
Pages
5
Catalog Number
V166374
ISBN (eBook)
9783640825288
ISBN (Book)
9783640825134
File size
429 KB
Language
English
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from, wells, bartnett, petry
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Kabita Banerjee (Author), 2010, From the red blood to the crimson scar: comparing the voice of protest and suffering in the works of Ida B Wells Bartnett and Ann Petry, Munich, GRIN Verlag, https://www.grin.com/document/166374

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