Objects & Places from The America Play, and Other Works

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Object Descriptions

Theatre - As the author indicates in her essays, this genre is her means of communicating her vision for African American culture and society.

African-American History - The author contends that many general aspects and specific events in this realm have been downplayed, ignored, or wiped from the consciousness of those who live in America.

The Emancipation Proclamation - This executive order issued by United States President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863, proclaimed the freedom of 3.1 million of the nation's 4 million slaves.

Cockroach - This surveillance device can be seen as a metaphoric representation of the attitude of non-black society towards African Americans.

Teeth - These elements of the aging black woman Aretha are extracted over the course of the narrative.

Mr. Sergeant Smith's desk - This object is a powerful symbol of the status in Imperceptible Mutabilities in the Third Kingdom.

The Distinction - This refers to...

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