Analysis Of The Poisonwood Bible By Barbara Kingsolver Essay

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*"For Africa to me...is more than a glamorous fact. It is a historical truth. No man can know where he is going unless he knows exactly where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place" (Angelou). The treatment of African Americans in the United States has historically been that of great injustice. They have suffered through the hardships of slavery, segregation, and the recurring racism that is still prominent in society today. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver is a political allegory that depicts racism in both America and Africa. A political allegory is a story that has a hidden meaning which encourages the readers to question political normalities (“What Is a Political”). The preeminent obstacles faced by African Americans throughout history consist of the enslavement of native Africans, the Jim Crow Laws, and segregation. As a result of the enslavement of the native Africans, it has become political commonplace to see the African race as inferior to the caucasian. *For Americans in the eighteenth century, the most economical option to work the sugarcane, tobacco, and cane fields was to use enslaved Africans. The enslavement of these Africans was not by their own will. Almost all of the Africans were kidnapped and then brought onboard ships to be sold at another location. After the initial kidnapping, the Africans would go through multiple inspections during which their captors would look for things such as deformities, narrow chests, or…

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