Realism came out of a need to accurately represent what was actually happening in our country which included the horrors of slavery and the Civil War.
Students will watch most of the PBS documentary Slavery by Another Name which covers the period of time immediately following the Emancipation Proclamation. Most Americans believe that freedom came easily and instantaneously after Lincoln’s speech, but that was not the case. Through convict leasing and peonage, slavery in alternative forms lasted through the 1940’s in this country.
Isabel Wilkerson wrote The Warmth of Other Suns which chronicles the Great Migration out of the south to New York & the east coast, Chicago & the Midwest, and LA & the west. Wilkerson was interviewed on Democracy Now where she discussed the three primary tales in her book. The Great Migration led to the Harlem Renaissance, which we’ll be discussing in coming weeks.
We will seminar over the slave narratives of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs as well as Slavery by Another Name and the Great Migration Wednesday 02/17-Friday 02/19 before moving into our Harlem Renaissance projects.