The Representation of African American Women in Alice Walker’s The Color Purple and Toni Morrison’s Beloved
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African American women are merely half of the Black race, and they are half of the African American history, as well. The main objective of this paper is to show how the institution of slavery influenced lives of African American women and how they are conceived by the American society. This paper is in part an attempt to address the problems of race and gender faced by African American women during the Reconstruction and Civil Rights Movement, by suggesting how those problems shifted over the course of two centuries.
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