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1940 Segregation Excerpt

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Ashley Simms

on 20 March 2015

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Transcript of 1940 Segregation Excerpt

1940 Segregation Excerpt
The context the reader would need to know includes that this passage is excerpted from a 1940 autobiography. As well as knowing segregation legally ended in 1964.

Proof: The information was given prior, also this essay was written when segregation was still legal.
The purpose of this excerpt is to portray the impact of systematic segregation on a human's psyche.

Proof: The quote "...something to drive a man mad." at the very end of the excerpt. As well as in line 25, he says "...continual compulsion and daily reminder, a colored man in a white world...".
The authors targeted audience is actually anyone, specifically those who would benefit from reading this excerpt, and learning about the impact of segregation.

Proof: Even to this day America still struggles with discrimination.
All about the purpose

The excerpt accomplishes the purpose by using methods, such as an anecdote at the end of the excerpt, that showed how being segregated damaged his mindset. The metaphor/symbolism on line 7, shows how segregation restricts the people that are affected, physically, emotionally, and mentally.
The author uses alliteration, an anecdote, metaphors/symbolism, parallelism, and repetition.

Proof: alliteration/symbolism on line seven. Within the second paragraph the author repeats phrasings (parallel structure). The author uses a short story at the end of the passage this is the example of an anecdote.
Syntax, Diction, and Tone
The tone for this piece is civil but angry.
The author uses formal diction, however in a way that the reader can still comprehend.
The authors syntax includes a lot of semi-colons, dependent clauses, and parallel structures. Since this was written in 1940, the sentence structure is very strung out. This would be considered academic writing.
Created by: Ashley Simms, Sam Harris, Coty Hollingsworth, Joshua Neal, and Collin Songy
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