Essay The Chopin 's The Piano Lesson

1113 Words Dec 8th, 2014 5 Pages
Following the withdrawal of federal power at the end of Reconstruction in 1877, blacks found life to be increasingly difficult as their progress was continuously thwarted by unjustified prejudice and the racism that remained rampant throughout the 1930s. While the federal government previously sought to rebuild and repair the divide between black and white people, Post-Reconstruction oversaw atrocities and the marginalization of blacks, which reflected the notion of white supremacy. Consequences of the failure to properly integrate black Americans into a predominantly white society are shown in August Wilson’s play, The Piano Lesson. Set in 1930s America, there are two main archetypes of blacks that are represented: Bernice, who accepts the poor conditions as they are, and Boy Willie and Lymon, who are determined to lead a better life and seek the same opportunities that white men have. The 13th and 14th Amendments declared political equality under the law, and Reconstruction sought to integrate blacks into the economy; however The Piano Lesson depicts the struggle they continued to suffer not only under vagrancy laws and corrupt law enforcement, but also under the prevalent ideas of white supremacy that largely hindered social progress.
Political freedom and equality for blacks appeared to be secured upon the inclusion of the 13th and 14th Amendments; however, the laws implemented by southern states and the general conduct of law enforcement continually oppressed black…

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