'The Color Purple' By Alice Walker

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“Yes ma’am, I say. I’m slaving away cleaning that big post they got down at the bottom of the stair. They act real funny bout that post. No finger prints is sposed to be on it.” ( Sofia, The Color Purple)
The color purple(1982) by Alice Walker is an African American literature epistolary novel African -American literature is the subcategory of American literature that includes work produced in the United States by writers of African descent and directly pertains to the experience and the view points of African-Americans. The color purple’s consideration of women, sexuality and power dynamics between white and blacks is also reflected in the poetry of Gwendolyn Brooks. Alice walker was an active participant in the American civil
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The result is a literature rich in expressive subtlety and social insight, offering illuminating assessments of American identities and history. Although since 1970, writers who were led by Toni Morrison have acclaimed national and international recognition. Slavery in Africa was quite from any other country. The slaves might have been enslaved in order to pay off a debt or pay for a crime. Slaves in Africa lost the predictions of their family and become free. This was unlike chattel slavery, in which enslaved Africans were slaves for life, as were their children and grandchildren. Ottobah Cuguano, a former slave, remembered slaves as being “well fed…and treated well.” But whereas Olaudah Equiano, another former slave who wrote an account of his life, noted that the slaves might even own slaves themselves. Equiano has been traditionally regarded along with Wheatley as the founder of the African literature in English by virtue of his having pioneered the slave narrative, a firsthand literary testimony against slavery which, by the early nineteenth century, earned for African -American literature a burgeoning readership in Britain as well as united states. One of the striking elements in Equiano’s story is the use of his African origins in the text. This usage established his creditability as a critic of slavery and imperialism in Africa. Harriet Jacobs’s Incident in the life of a slave girl(1861), the first autobiography by a formerly enslaved African- American women, candidly describes her experience of the sexual exploitation that made slavery especially oppressive for black women. Through these slave narratives the writers of this age entered the world of prose and drama. William Wells in 1853 authored the first black American novel, Clotel; or the President’s Daughter. Even oral tradition in song and story has

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