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The two student answers contain some interesting possibilities for how one interprets the title of this play by Amiri Baraka (and the 1966 film version directed by Anthony Harvey). The image of the Dutchman cigar advertisement is clearly symbolic of patriarchal culture, and the American economy built upon tobacco farming. These plantations utilized African slaves brought on slave ships, so there is a possible reference to institutionalized racism here in this visual element.

The "Flying Dutchman" legend is...

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