Rivaling An Oppressive Force

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Throughout the history of civilization, leaders have risen to power to control the masses. Some of these leaders have taken their power too far and became an oppressive force. Fortunately, with every oppressive force there has been an opposing force to rival the oppression and overcome it. This has been shown through the works of literature that were read and analyzed over the year in class, such as Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse, The Ladder for Booker T. Washington by Martin Puryear, Back to Africa by Marcus Garvey, and Harlem Riot of 1943 article. The first example of rivaling an oppressive force is in the novel Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse. The examples of rivaling an oppressive force within this piece of literature are metaphorical. The first …show more content…
Marcus Garvey was a Jamaica born African Nationalist, who came to the United States in the early 20th century. While in the United States Garvey, formed the Universal Negro Improvement Association (U.N.I.A.) and brought together four million Africans from around the world. Garvey soon realized while in the United States that the African race could not gain equality or proper treatment while residing in the U.S. Garvey proposed that every African living in the U.S. should move to Africa and create a self-sustaining government there. Garvey stated, “We want every Negro to work for one common object, that of building a nation of his own on the great continent of Africa” (Garvey). Garvey saw this oppressive force of the United States and came up with the solution of leaving the country to overcome this force. Garvey also believed that all Africans should unite all over the world to create a strong industrial, commercial, educational, social and political nation. For example, “…seeks to unite, into one solid body, the four hundred million Negroes in the world. To link up the fifty million Negroes in the United States of America, with the twenty million Negroes of the West Indies, the forty million Negroes of South and Central America, with the two hundred and eighty million Negroes of Africa…” (Garvey). Garvey saw that if he creates a newly unified, strong nation that the oppressive force of the United States could not try to invade or colonize this new nation without a formidable conflict. Through Marcus Garvey’s teachings, he found ways to oppose and overcome his oppressive force of the society of the United

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