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COMMITMENT TO THE BLACK CAUSE: A STUDY OF AMIRI BARAKA’S PLAY SLAVE SHIP AS A HISTORICAL PAGEANT

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Author(s): R. Shanthi

Journal: The Dawn Journal
ISSN 2277-1786

Volume: 02;
Issue: 02;
Start page: 428;
Date: 2013;
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ABSTRACT
The paper aims at establishing Amiri Baraka’s Slave Ship as a historical pageant. It is a one-act play that takes place during distinct historical experiences in Afro-American history aboard a Slave Ship, during the Middle Passage from Africa to America, during a Plantation-era uprising, and during the era of the Civil Rights Movement. It represents the history of black people in America and incited its black audience to fight for social change. The play aims at raising the sociopolitical consciousness of the black audiences by depicting the black condition in America as a sequence of oppressive situations in which the black men are exploited and victimized. The paper discusses on Slave Ship as a Chronological play.
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