How does Toni Morrison’s Home challenge dominant historical narratives shaped by white supremacy, patriarchy, and/or militarized patriotism?

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Toni Morrison's Home explores how systems of white supremacy, patriarchy, and the military displace and uproot the lives of everyday people seeking security and respite from violence. The novel, shifting between first- and third-person narration, centers on the character Frank Money, a Korean War veteran struggling to assimilate back to life in the US after returning home from war. His struggles with alcoholism and post-traumatic stress disorder reflect the disassociation and unease that impacts so many US war veterans, a theme that complicates and challenges the offers of nationalism and patriotic pride promised by the military to so many young recruits. Morrison repeats this theme of dislocation from the promises of the (white) American Dream throughout her novel, using displacement from home/the land as a metonym for the disenfranchisement of black people in American society.

Frank's family is initially forced to relocate from Bandera County, Texas, to Lotus, Georgia, because of racist...

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