The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man

by James Weldon Johnson

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Research recent organizations and activities of people whose parents are of different races. How do multi-racial or “mixed race” people today see themselves differently than similar people a century ago? How are they treated differently by others?

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The narrator might have had a different sort of life if his parents had been permitted to marry, but Georgia society in the late nineteenth century could not accept white and black people marrying each other. How is their situation like and different from that of same-sex couples today who wish to marry?

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Compare the white audiences’ fascination with ragtime music in The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man with the ways in which white audiences today admire musical forms that have originated in African American culture.

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Research the history of Atlanta University, and the role of “traditionally black colleges” today.

Research the history of the words “colored” and “Negro.” How have their denotations and connotations changed?

 

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