Somebody Blew Up America By Amiri Baraka Essay

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Somebody blew up America was written by Amiri Baraka , an African-American poet, activist and scholar. He was an influential black nationalist who was to later become a Marxist. born Everett LeRoi Jones on October 7, 1934, in Newark, New Jersey Baraka developed an interest in poetry and jazz in high school. He later went on to attend Howard University, where he changed his name to LeRoi James. He earned his degree in English in 1954, and then joined the United States Air Force. After three years of service, Baraka received a dishonorable discharge for owning inappropriate texts. (Amiri Baraka.) Baraka then moved to Manhattan, where, in addition to attending Columbia University and The New School, he became a prominent artist in the Greenwich Village scene and befriended Beat poets such as Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac. He published their and other poets ' work in the newly founded Totem Press. In 1961, Baraka published his first major collection of poetry, Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note. His 1964 play, The Dutchman, which addressed racial tensions and American blacks ' repressed hostility toward whites, gained him fame and acclaim.”(biography.com) After a trip to Cuba, Baraka separated with the unpolitical Beat movement in favor of addressing racial politics. The murder of Malcolm X was a turning point in his life. Afterward, he renounced his old life, as well as his marriage to Hettie Cohen and changed his name to Amiri Baraka. He decided to become a black…

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