Overview (Identities & Issues in Literature)
During the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s and after, American writers, critics, and readers grew more attentive to the issue of racism, blatant or subtle, in literature. In a nation with a history of enslavement according to race and of war against its indigenous population, the United States has a long literary history regarding racism and ethnocentrism. Works by African Americans, Asian Americans, European Americans, Jewish Americans, and Latino Americans, among others, have protested racism and ethnocentrism in what has always been a pluralistic society.
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