Icons of African American Literature

Four works–Garvey’s “Aims and Objects for a Solution of the Negro Problem Outlined”, WEB Du Bois’ “The Gift of Black Folk,” Walter White’s “The Fire in the Flint,”and Jessie Faucet’s “There is Confusion,” are all published this year and begin to show schisms in thought about various solutions to the same problem. Whereas Garvey’s manifesto details a plan to get Blacks out from under an oppressive White system and Du Bois’ highlights contributions blacks have made to the United States up to this period in history on a nonfictional and analytical basis, Faucet’s and White’s fictional works explore the problems facing members of an emerging Black educated class in a segregationist American society.

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