African American Essay Topics

The roles and representation of mothering

Morrison creates a slave woman, Sethe’s mother, with the capability to choose or refuse motherhood, choose or refuse life even. This is what makes her as a woman, a mother, who transcends the conventional notion of motherhood. Sethe’s mother is undoubtedly special and difference from others in her actions, yet she celebrates all that she… View Article

Beloved herself

Introduction Toni Morrison is famed for her portrayal of African American life in her vivid novels, especially her portrayal of African American women and their place and position within society. Morrison was herself born in a working class family but worked hard and attended Howard University and then Cornell University. Although she faced discrimination and… View Article

The effects of Zionism on American Jewish Novels

Zionism can be defined as the political movement aimed at the return of all the Jewish people to their native soil. Its primary role was to establish a state exclusively for the Jews in Palestine, controlled purely by the Jews. The term Zionism was coined by Nathan Birbaum, who also founded the first organization of… View Article

America’s cause

But he calmly proceeded to act his part, pretending not the least bothered by the gut-wrenching ride over a swirling sea. The following day he received this message from the Navy Department: “Dear Mr. Wayne- we are pleased to record this latest addition to naval lore. To the immortal expression, ‘damn the torpedoes, full speed… View Article

Racism and video games

Video games are not what most people would go to when they think of racial controversy, but every media medium has had their own form of controversy one that happened most recently was the release of a game called Resident Evil 5 which is centered around a guy named Chris Redfield who is basically in… View Article

A historical overview of the African-American race

Frankly, most persons today have learned African history through European eyes. To the European, Africa was the place where the trader, missionary, explorer and conqueror made names for themselves. Europeans often considered Africa backward and called it the “Dark Continent. ” But do the Africans consider that they were really as backward as the Europeans… View Article

Racism and video games

Video games are not what most people would go to when they think of racial controversy, but every media medium has had their own form of controversy one that happened most recently was the release of a game called Resident Evil 5 which is centered around a guy named Chris Redfield who is basically in… View Article

“Successful African-American mathematics students”

“Successful African-American Mathematics Students in Academically Unacceptable High Schools” is author Peter A. Sheppard IV’s dissertation for his Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Science and Mathematics Education. And although there have been numerous studies already conducted on successful African-Americans, as revealed by Sheppard’s Review of Literature, not much has been made regarding the accountability… View Article

Hypocritical America

Hypocrisy is an act of condemning another person’s act without realizing one’s own characteristic towards being guilty of the same aspect of correspondence. (Wikipedia, 2007). Most of the time, this form of behavior to whom it is associated to is subject to be attributed to the environmental factor while the acts of an observed individual… View Article

American poet Jack Kerouac

American poet Jack Kerouac has been classified as the originator of the Beat Generation. He is known for his spontaneous confessional style, as well as his connection to Buddhism, Allen Ginsberg, and American self actualization. His rejection of mainstream 1950’s society is his trademark, and the core ideal behind the beat-nick culture he helped spawn…. View Article

American lifestyle

The novel “Jasmine” by Bharati Mukherjee provides frontier narratives and myths about Americanization and the Gold Rush. She presents Americanization from the Western viewpoint with all locales, hero lifestyles and mobility. Furthermore, the author pays special attention to the promise of American lifestyle, individualism and female freedom stressing that Eastern lands are characterized by strong… View Article

To Make Our World Anew: A History of African Americans by Kelly and Lewis

             Authors Robin. Kelley and Earl Lewis gathered nine scholars which includes Colin Palmer, Vincent Harding, Peter Wood, and Barbara Blair, in order to illustrate the 500-year African American experience, from the Middle Passage to the Million Man March. Kelley and Lewis posit that “The history of African Americans is nothing less than the dramatic… View Article

To Make Our World Anew: A History Of African Americans

Robin D.G. Kelley and Earl Lewis’ To Make Our World Anew: A History Of African Americans inspires sentiments exactly as the title connotes. The book chronicles and compiles the long drawn struggles against slavery, immigration, emancipation and other social and political issues of African Americans as entrenched in the extent of African American history, detailing… View Article

The Historical Progression of African American Community

The historical progression of African American community was accompanied by the permanent struggle of African Americans for civil rights and equal opportunities. The Civil War targeted at the liberation of African Americans, who were enslaved by the dominant white Americans. However, the idealistic struggle of the Civil War did not bring a consistent improvement of… View Article

The Civil Rights Movement

The Civil Rights Movement is the most significant and eventful era in America and in African American history. The movement refers to the movements in the United States aimed at outlawing racial discrimination against African Americans and restoring voting rights in Southern states. The movement opened new economic, social and political opportunities to blacks. It… View Article

The African-American Juvenile Offenders

The African-American juvenile offenders are those who are usually held responsible of any chaos in a society. The notion that they are bad elements of the society won’t stop long as there are instances that they are the ones who are involved. Media through science and technology have paved the way for any news to… View Article

Type 2 Diabetes in African Americans

What is Type 2 Diabetes? According to Camastra et al “Diabetes mellitus type 2 is a metabolic disorder that is primarily characterized by insulin resistance, relative insulin deficiency, and hyperglycemia. It is presently incurable. It is rapidly increasing in the developed world, and there is some evidence that this pattern will be followed in much… View Article

Type II Diabetes in African Americans

Introduction                                   The 1986 report of the Secretary’s Task Force on Black and Minority Health called notice to the upsetting excess morbidity as well as mortality from chronic illnesses for instance non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM), cancer, and heart disease… View Article

Rhetorical Analysis of “I Have a Dream”

In 1863, Abraham Lincoln oversaw the passage of the Emancipation Proclamation. Although all black slaves were freed by this proclamation, unfortunately, the oppression towards African Americans was far from over. It wasn’t until the mid 1900’s that African Americans took a stand against this ongoing segregation and racism. Amongst all the civil rights leaders that… View Article

Bad Blood: The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment

Between the years of 1932 and 1972, the United States Public Health Service conducted a study of untreated syphilis on black men in Macon County, Alabama. Although these men were not purposely infected with the disease, the USPH service did recruit physicians, white and black, to NOT treat those men already diagnosed. It was felt… View Article

The Comparison of Langston and Angelou

The writing styles of Maya Angelou and Langston Hughes are very similar, evident in Angelou’s poem, “Africa” and Hughes’s poem, “Negro”. Even from the titles, you can see that these poems will be about African Americans, unsurprising considering the authors. Both are activists of letting the world know of the abuse that African Americans have… View Article

Depression and African-American Men

First of all it is important to understand what really constitutes depression. All of us feel down from time to time perhaps based on having a “bad day”. However when feelings of sadness last for several weeks, months, or years, and are accompanied by other symptoms such as change of appetite, isolation from family and… View Article

American jail

Prejudice is defined as “a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue (“Prejudice,” 2005). ” A person may assume, for example, that all individuals suffering from AIDS are filthy and must be ignored; or all Africans are unintelligent. The Nazis had similarly supposed that all Jews are worthless and stupid, and therefore must be… View Article

Plight of African Americans

African Americans plight throughout U. S. history begin as early in the 1400-s and ending in the 1700-s. In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln freed slaves in the southern states through the Emancipation Proclamation. African Americans endured many hardships such as not having rights to vote, social inequalities of African Americans were violated, equal social status,… View Article

Hate It or Love It

In 1972 the Cross Bronx Expressway was completed; this marked the separation of the southern Bronx and was followed by the “Bronx is burning” which began the downward spiral for this urban, African American neighborhood. Around the same time hip-hop was founded and became an outlet for the frustrations of the poor, suffering people of… View Article

Martin Luther King Memorial in Yerba Buena Gardens

Situated on the corner of 4th St. and Mission St., in downtown San Francisco is Yerba Buena Gardens. Sounds from the hustle and bustle of cars driving and people walking permeate Yerba Buena Gardens, except in one particular location. In one corner of the gardens stands a Martin Luther King Jr. memorial. The memorial is… View Article

Mlk Letter from Birmingham

Martin Luther King Jr. was the acknowledged leader of the American Civil Rights Movement. King earned several degrees and was a bright man. His “Letter from Birmingham Jail” was written in April 1963, while he was in jail in Birmingham, Alabama, for acts of civil disobedience (499). His letter is a response to a letter… View Article

Racism: African American Races

A social problem is a condition that at least some people in a community view as being undesirable. A big social problem in the world told would have to be racism. Some say that racism doesn’t exist but it does. Racism is a very strong word to use I have to say, but there have… View Article

Strange Fruit

The song “Strange Fruit” was first exposed as a poem written by Abel Meeropol who may be better recognized under his alias, Lewis Allan. “Strange Fruit” was finalized in the late 1930s, the same time that African- Americans in the South were being lynched by white supremacist groups in the days of America’s post- Abolition… View Article