Archive for October, 2011

Learning Unit 6

Monday, October 17th, 2011

In the story, “Of the Coming of John”, from the novel The Souls of Black Folks by W.E.B Du Bois displays the hindering factors of blacks at the time of Jim Crow. Du Bois introduces John who goes off into the world of the white man to gain an education despite the social and personal costs that affects him in returning to his people. John believing that an education will further him in life, and possibly not reject him from society, comes to find the racial oppression of the north. Even though John has an education it hinders him from being seen as an equal to his counterpart the “white” John. The story hints at John when he comes home where there is no place for him in either society which affects his acceptance. Even-after the emancipation, there are still no freedoms for blacks, so why still chase after something that will be shunned by ones own people. Du Bois points out how African Americans were treated in a hostile society where they face many problems in going about to change their lives. Education had little impact on the status of the African American race and therefore leaving them in social restraints.

In my essay I would like to focus on how society affected African Americans perusing an education and the social factors that came with those restraints in obtaining an education. I will use W.E.B Du Bois’s “Of the Coming of John” story as well as other critical essays that show these arguments.

Learning Unit 5

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

In the story, “Of the Coming of John”, from the novel The Souls of Black Folks by W.E.B Du Bois displays the hindering factors of blacks at the time of Jim Crow. John goes off to gain an education despite the social and personal cost that will affect him after he comes back. John believing that an education will further him in life and possibly not reject him from society comes to find the racial antics of the north. Even though John has an education it hinders him from being seen as an equal to his counterpart the “white” John. The story hints at John when he comes home that there is no place for him in either society which affects the social norm. Even-after the emancipation, there are still no freedoms for blacks, so why still chase after something that will be shunned by ones own people. Du Bois points out how African Americans were treated in a hostile society where they face many problems in going about to change their life in society.

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