african american culture research topics

1. A Raisin in the Sun By Lorraine Hansbury.

Desc: This three-page undergraduate paper is on the story "A Raisin in the Sun" by Lorraine Hansbury. It includes the basic topic of the story and the comparison between the characters. 3pgs, bibliography lists 1 source.

2. A Character Analysis of Their Eyes Are Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston.

Desc: This paper will discuss Zora Neale Hurston's "Their Eyes Are Watching God" and the conflicts that develop among the characters that are in the book. The struggles and psychological differences of the characters will be discussed and their behaviors analyzed and a basic outline of the story will be included. This paper will discuss Zora Neale Hurston's "Their Eyes Are Watching God" and the conflicts that develop among the characters that are in the book. 8 pgs. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

3. A Compare and Contrast of Ralph Ellison's Protagonists.

Desc: This paper will seek to compare and contrast two of Ralph Ellison's main protagonists in The Invisible Man, and the character Todd in the story Flying Home. By understanding how the author creates the main characters, we can see how they are par of a larger scheme in writing. The major focus will cover symbolism, and the way that the characters are formally produced in Ellison's writing style. 3 pgs, bibliography lists 3 sources.

4. A Comparision the Living Conditions of Women in Kenya and Ethiopia

Desc: This is a research paper that is aimed at comparison of women's position in Kenya and Ethiopia. By examining various sources of information, recent statistical data of the living conditions of modern women in these two countries, the paper will make a comparative analysis of women's rights and will consider the most necessary aspects of female status. The report will include tables, statistical data that will be supported by the appropriate references and bibliography.

5. A Comparison Argument for Two Slaves: Mary Prince and Esteban Montejo.

Desc: This paper will seek to compare the lives of two slaves in Latin America. Mary Prince and Esteban Montejo will be discussed to reveal the nature of their lives and how they lived them in similar capacities. By understanding some of the lifestyles that these women lived, we can understand the message that they are giving in a comrade sense of slave life. 3 pgs. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

6. A Comparison of Wilson's and Klein's Work.

Desc: This four-page undergraduate paper will attempt to summarize William Julius Wilson's article "The Black Community in the 1980s" and "In God They Trust" by Joe Klein. It will further evaluate the solutions mentioned in Klein's as they apply to the problems mentioned in Wilson's article based on how adequately do they address the problems, and how well do they fit into the tradition of non-violence. 4 pgs. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

7. A Contrast and Comparison of Martin Luther king Jr. and Malcolm X.

Desc: This paper will focus on the contrasts and comparisons of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King. Their messages of freedom will be discussed and how they are different and alike. The more militant style of Malcolm X will contrasted with the Love objective of Martin Luther King Jr. 10 pgs. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

8. A Critical Analysis of the Use of Conformity and its Significance in A Streetcar Named Desire

Desc: Summary: 3 pages. 2 sources. MLA Format. This paper examines the examples of conformity used in the play A Streetcar Named Desire. Examples of scenes in the play where characters conform are used. As well significant gestures and symbolism that conforms are presented as well. Reasons are given as to why the writer feels that these acts and gestures or symbols can be interpreted as conforming gestures and the significance to the characters and the play.

9. A Critical Assessment and Comparison of The Anatomy of Exploitation and Slavery: The Progressive Institution .

Desc: This five-page undergraduate paper is a critical assessment and comparison of two related articles on slavery. The article by David and Temin is a critique of the first, and points out the serious problems in the first. 5 pgs. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

10. A Critical Literary Analysis of Race and Identity in The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Desc: This paper will present a critical literary analysis of race and identity in The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. By analyzing the main character, "The Invisible Man", we can surely see that Ellison portrays an unnecessarily polarized view of African American culture that makes him appear to support white racist beliefs about black institutions in nineteen fifties American society. By processing the invisible man through a never ending series of debacles in his schooling and activist life, we can see Ellison's negative view of is own race vilifying racist attitudes in white supremacy.

11. A Day in the Life of a Pre-Civil War Slave Family.

Desc: This paper is written about a day in the life of a slave family. As for economic opportunities, a slave really had none-as he or she could be traded, loaned out, or sold at the whim of his or her master. This meant that quite often slave women were treated more like breeders than mothers and had their children ripped from them.

12. A Historic Analysis of Our Nig by Harriet E. Wilson.

Desc: This paper will discuss the book "Our Nig" by Harriet E. Wilson and seek to understand the basic elements of the themes and ideas that created a sense of how free blacks lived in Pre-Civial War America. By understanding the relationships that build within the book, we can see how the author uses thee to reflect the historical, and economic basis for the lives of blacks in this tale. 6 pgs. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

13. A Historical and Racial Analysis of the Minstrel Shows of the Nineteenth Century

Desc: This paper will anaylze some of the racial and deorgatory aspects of minstrel shows in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. By observing the practice of whites dressing up as blacks for these shows, we can understand racism and cultural affects of these performances as they influenced the way that ignorance and stupidity were made a stereotype for African Americans.

14. A Literary Analysis of Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton

Desc: This paper will reflect the nature of racism in South Africa through the novel Cry, the Beloved by Alan Paton. By understanding the simplistic language that abounds in this book, we can realize how the Zulu peoples have been degraded by the British, and are not allowed a voice in any capacity. By realizing the limited education of Kumalo's people, we can realize how they are racially subjugated in South African culture.

15. A Mythical Analysis On The Novel Beloved .

Desc: This four-page junior level paper analyzes the novel "beloved" by Toni Morrison. The mythical ghost in the novel 'Beloved' represented the past that haunted a former black slave. Sethe killed her daughter to save her from persecution and slavery. That memory haunted her for eighteen years in the form of guilt. Besides, the former slaves never got over their dreadful, humiliating and dehumanizing past. Freedom was a myth and the pain could only be overcome by talking of it. 4 pgs. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

16. A Poetical Analysis of a Noble Death in the Poem If We Must Die by Claude McKay

Desc: This paper will seek to understand a poetical analysis of a noble death in the poem "If We Must Die" by Claude McKay. By realizing the rhyme, line structure, and metaphor presentation in this poem, we can realize that McKay sought to convey a just war for a noble death that he, and his fellow soldiers fought for in mayhem and destruction of the First World War.

17. A Review of The Negro in Pennsylvania History

Desc: This paper provides an exploration of slavery in the book "The Negro in Pennsylvania History". This book is a hard-to-find pamphlet which identifies slavery as creating specific conditions which defined the status of slaves in Pennsylvania. However, Pennsylvania is neither a purely abolitionist state nor were African- Americans trapped by these conditions.

18. A View on Tobias Wolff's "Say Yes".

Desc: This paper details my perception of the short story, "Say Yes." Love knows no color, but love isn't always easy. Both these points are illustrated in Tobias Wolff's "Say Yes." He displays the frustration of interracial marriages in the exchange between a husband and wife. This paper attempts the answer to the question, can we really "know" one another if our skin isn't the same color. "Say Yes" is an emotional story of love and its pitfalls. In this provocative story, the husband loves his wife dearly but fails to really know that all she wants to hear is affirmation of her proposal of love despite the racial undertone involve. The husband does not come to the realization of this concept until the end of the story when he accepts the proposal and puts forth the effort to "make it up" to his wife, Ann.

19. Addressing Oppression:Four Works on America, Blame, and Responsibility

Desc: This paper explores four works on oppression and the American mentality. In these works, it is made clear that the general population perceives horrid acts as underserved, where they overlook evidence that demonstrates that the horrific acts are in some manner created through their own actions, and therefore fail to take full responsibility for them.

20. Addressing the Book Ibu Battuta in Black Africa.

Desc: This paper provides a brief book report on cultural differences found in Ibu Battuta's work Ibu Battuta in Black Africa.

21. Affirmative action.

Desc: Affirmative action works when there is an issue of people's color, race and ethnicity. Affirmative action comes to the rescue of those who were previously excluded from jobs or denied educational opportunities. When these policies received executive branch and judicial support, vast numbers of people of color, white women and men have gained access they would not contrarily have had. This advancement has led to very real alterations. Affirmative action programs have not dislodged racism, nor have they always been readied without issues. The implementation of affirmative action was America's foremost honest endeavor at resolving a problem, it had formerly chosen to overlook. Yet, to really understand the significance of affirmative action, one must look at America's past discrimination to see why, at this point in history, we must become more color conscious.

22. Africa Remembered

Desc: But there are other kinds of migrations as well, and one of the most powerful lessons of Philip D. Curtin's Africa Remembered is that he shifts our entire understanding of the nature of migration. Those of us who have grown up in the United States have been taught to look on migration as in general a good thing. Certainly we understand that many people suffered sometimes unspeakable hardship at home to force them to leave, and certainly we understand that often they suffered along the way and in their first years in America. But always the story of migration for American children is presented as a story of hope, of the belief that by taking a perilous journey one may find oneself in a place where one's destiny has been changed for the better.

23. Africa Remembered: An Overview

Desc: This paper shall serve as a general overview of the book by Philip D. Curtain, Africa Remembered: Narratives by West Africans from the Era of the Slave Trade. The purpose of the paper is to provide readers with a general understanding of both the content and the point of Curtain's text. An examination and summary will be provided of Curtain's thesis as well as the three primary sections to his book.

24. African-American.

Desc: This paper discusses African Americans. Young African-Americans, especially males, face particularly acute and limited chances of succeeding in school, as they do socially, a lot they share with other under-served minority and poor populations (Bailey and Paisley). Statistics say that African-Americans account for only 17% of the total population of a typical school, yet they comprise 32% of all suspensions and 30% of all expulsions. There are also three times more African-American males in remedial or special education classes than their while male counterparts and only 8.4% of those in gifted and talented classes are African-American.

25. African American Literature: Langston Hughes.

Desc: This 10-page paper in MLA style discusses Cane by Jean Toomer and analyzes the poetry of Langston Hughes.

26. African American Resistance to Slavery.

Desc: This is a 4 page paper on the different aspects of African American resistance to slavery and the manners and effect therewith. 4 pgs. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

27. African American Studies: Analyzing The Souls of Black Folk by W.E. Dubois and the Symbolism of the Black Veil

Desc: In this paper, we will examine three pivotal chapters in analyzing the Black Veil in Dubois's "The Souls of Black Folk". By understanding how social, economic, and religious status of the African American are defined by racist white hegemony, we can realize why Dubois felt the dual consciousness of being a human being, as well as that of being a secondary citizen as a black man under the Black Veil.

28. African American Women: A Historical Analysis of Activism.

Desc: This six-page paper examines the activism of African American women and discusses why they have often been ignored in African American history. The author discusses the Emancipation and Reconstruction eras, provides examples of how women worked on behalf of themselves, their families and the race, and analyzes the role gender played

29. African Diaspora Culture In The Us During The Late 18th Century.

Desc: This 18-page paper presents an in-depth study of the African Diaspora culture coming to the Southern United States of America. The author takes us through a quick history of the events leading up to the migration to America and then details the events. 18 pgs. bibliography lists 8 sources.

30. African Slaves And The Black Caribs ~The Fusion Of Two Culture.

Desc: This is a 5-page paper in MLA style that traces the origin and roots of the Black Caribs and links their culture in terms of the African Slaves. 5 pgs. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

31. African-Americans and the History of Baseball 1865-1970.

Desc: This paper discusses how baseball and society were parallel to each other in terms of racial segregation. Though, it seems that baseball was ahead of its time in terms of promoting racial equality. The experience of Moses Fleetwood "Fleet" Walker is discussed and how he continuously encountered prejudice. The effect of Jackie Robinson's success on negroes in baseball is discussed and also what is called the 'second stage of prejudice' is introduced. 16 pgs. 15 f/c. 13b.

32. African-Americans in Films: An Evolution of Their Portrayal.

Desc: This paper looks at the portrayal of Africa-Americans in Hollywood films from the 1950s to today. The evolution of how African-Americans have been portrayed in these films is the main focus of discussion in this paper.

33. African-Americans in Vietnam.

Desc: This twelve-page undergraduate paper discusses the experiences of African-American soldiers in the Vietnam War, examines the discrimination they suffered, and demonstrates that African-Americans were victimized in Vietnam by racial abuse despite the fact that without them the war would have been lost much earlier than it was. 12 pgs. Bibliography lists 13 sources.

34. African-Centered Perspective.

Desc: This paper reports on an interview with an African-American family to demonstrate the presence of an African-centered perspective.

35. Africans and the Atlantic World.

Desc: This five-page paper is based on John Thornton's book Africa and Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World 1400-1800. It will focus on the way Thornton shifts attention away from the terrible consequences of slavery in Africa and loss of culture by slaves shipped to America. 5 pgs. Bibliography lists 1 source.

36. Africans in America: America's Journey Through Slavery.

Desc: This six-page undergraduate paper is in the format of an essay on "Africans in America: America's Journey Through Slavery", by Charles Johnson and Patricia Smith. The author provides an autobiographical sketch of Johnson and Smith, and analyzes the content and quality of the book. 6 pgs. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

37. Afro Americans: The Civil Rights Movement 1948 - 1980.

Desc: The focus of this paper is the relationship between the Civil Rights movement and the American political establishment. This paper looks at the variety of reactions from Democrats, Republicans, from State and Federal politicians and political bodies that became part of the drama that characterized the Civil Rights Movement. 11 pgs. 11 f/c. 11b.

38. Alice Walker's "Everyday Use" - Recording Afro American History.

Desc: This is a 9-page paper analyzing the story "Everyday use" by the Afro American writer Alice Walker. It uses sources in MLA format. 9 pgs, bibliography lists 9 sources.

39. All That Jazz Worked Towards Votes.

Desc: This twenty-page paper presents a discussion about the era of jazz and the black political movements during the Harlem Renaissance era. The author takes us on an exploration of jazz music and its history as well as the Harlem Renaissance then ties it all together to political impact and movements. There were eleven sources used to complete this paper. 20 pgs. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

40. American History: African American Progress Within the Racist Hegemony of White American Society

Desc: This paper will seek to examine the nature of white racial hegemony in American history, and to understand how African Americans have made progess since the Emancipation Proclamation. In this manner, we can see how blacks attained positions of power in American government, sought equal voting rights to whites, and made it possible for Affirmative Action to help blacks avoid employment and educational discrimination.

41. An Analysis of the Folklore Influence in "Sula" by Toni Morrison.

Desc: This paper will discuss the book "Sula" by Toni Morrison, and seek to understand the basis of folk tales hat she uses throughout the story. By understanding the old tales of black history can be integrated into this modern story by Morrison, we can understand how she is relating a tradition, rather than trying to create new ideas in this medium. With the influence of the folk tale intermeshed within the storyline, the narrative can also be affected by this style of writing. 4 pgs, bibliography lists 1 source.

42. An Analysis on the Writing Style of Alice Walker.

Desc: This paper will discuss the technical aspects of Alice Walker's writings and how they affected her and the times that she lived in. By analyzing the way that she writes a better understanding of her style will reflect the way that she wrote and affected so many peoples lives in the realm of literature. 4 pgs. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

43. An Argument Against Repeal of Title IX of the Civil Rights Code.

Desc: This paper will discuss how title IX of the Civil rights code should not be repealed just because of the over abundance of minority and female employment in the sports world. By simply taking this law away because of this, we endanger the idea of what the Civil rights fight was all about. By acknowledging that the Civil Rights laws are there, it should not be something that is dropped because of the very danger of it returning by its abandonment. The history of the Civil Rights fight was fought over this barrier in female sports, and if it is taken away, then it might give an impetus to racist business owners to take advantage of this void because it has been dropped. In other words, racism is not gone, regardless of the vast amount of female and minority athletes in the American scope, and this type of rationalization for dropping this law would only remind racist lawmakers to have leeway in this epic struggle.

44. An Argument in Support of Affirmative Action.

Desc: This paper will discuss the aspects of Affirmative Action that support racial tolerance in the workplace. By understanding how this benefits people of color, we will argue for its validity.

45. An Autobiographical Analysis of the Poem The Poet by Paul L. Dunbar

Desc: This paper will seek to understand the autobiographical nature of the poem "The Poet" by Paul L. Dunbar. By realizing the African American experience after the American Civil War, we can see how Dunbar shows his own optimism to get an education, as well as his ability to learn how to write and give poetry to the world. However, he is also aware of the racial restrictions that keep him from being published, as white publishers would not accept his works.

46. An Essay on Fredrick Douglass' Narrative.

Desc: This 5-page paper is a sketch detailing Fredrick Douglass's life. It details his working relationships with his slaveholding families, and discusses how his story is a fair depiction of slavery.

47. An Examination of Motivation Among African American Males of Junior High School Age in A Culturally Responsive Curriculum.

Desc: This paper defines and describes some select elements of education that could possibly contribute the "black- white academic gap" of scholastic performance between African- American and white male students. The critical and the interpretive models are used to accomplish these goals. APA Format.

48. An Overview of Slavery

Desc: Slavery is a concept that has been in place for thousands of years, in human society. Slavery existed as early as the Shang dynasty in China, in 18th to 12th century BC (Historical Study). Slavery, in its most generic sense refers to forced labor. Most often, anyone functioning as a servant, within the ancient world, was a slave. There are several forms of slavery, or servitude, which are sometimes indistinguishable from one another. Serfdom, debt bondage, indentured service, peonage, and corvée are all forms of servitude, similar to slavery, and all were utilized for generations (Slavery and Serfdom).

49. An impact of a literary work

Desc: The paper discusses an impact of a literary work on a personality. It proves that many things have an impact on people and their perception of the world around, and it is impossible to ignore this impact, because it changes people, even if they do not think so. The paper discusses in detail the ways of such influence on the example of Coehlo's book "Eleven Minutes".

50. An interpretation of king lear for the 21st century

Desc: This essay provides an interpretation of Shakespeare's play King Lear for the audience of 21st century. It identifies several key issues and discusses how they might be understood in the original cultural context of this particular play. The chosen issues greatly resonate with today's cultural and social concerns, revealing new notions and ideas.

51. Analysis of Frederick Douglass

Desc: This paper examines Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave. It focuses on Chapter 10, Douglass's fight with Mr. Covey and his conceptions of manhood, identity and human dignity.

52. Analysis of The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas

Desc: This paper will discuss the book The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas, and seek out why it was valid, and why the language he used was very credible in his day. He not only knew that the Bible, in many of the religious references in the book, would appeal to white educated elites, but also saw that the religious doctrines of Christianity would break down race barriers in this aspect. All of these elements will show how Douglas was an accomplished writer, and used the best language of his day- that of the Bible-to show that blacks were intelligent, and not beneath whites in any way. The thesis of this Narrative is that of religion, and how Douglas uses this to prove racial equality

53. Animals as Symbolic of the Black Race in Hughes' Mulatto .

Desc: In the writings of Langston Hughes, the concept of a division between whites and blacks is found not only in the action but also in the underlying qualities found within the text, especially in reference to the use of animals in the play. This paper examines these qualities as represented through the use of symbolism in Langston Hughes' play, "Mulatto: A Tragedy of the Deep South". 3 pgs. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

54. Annotated Bibliography on Martin Luther King Jr.

Desc: This paper will present an annotated bibbliography for Martin Luther King. By showing his many sides in articles of critical analysis, we can see how held many fine qualities in his leadership in the Civil Rights Movement.

55. Arrested Development: Religion and Social Life in the South Atlantic World, Post-Emancipation.

Desc: This paper will discuss the manner of this evolution in regard to religious and social aspects of life, paying particular attention to the role of women after emancipation, and the crippling restrictions on religious practice that remained in effect, and hindered the freedom of many people to act as equal members of society. Emancipation was simply the beginning of a process of improvement and empowerment for former slaves, a process that unfolded gradually, with drawn-out battles being waged in various domains. 11.5 pgs. 14 f/c. 7b.

56. Accounting for the Rise of Segregation in the American South.

Desc: In this essay, the history of post-Civil War slavery is described in relation to political and economic changes that altered the traditional structures of American southern societies. While slavery was officially abolished, the fundamental beliefs about the role of the African American in "white" society remained entrenched in Southern communities. This paper describes how racial segregation has developed in the American South from mid-19th century efforts to restructure the relations of (former) African American slaves in contexts of agricultural changes, economic demands, and deeply-seated beliefs about racial superiority. In some ways, the abolition of slavery can be seen as producing an alternate system of racist oppressions that persist to this day in the American South. 15 pgs. 19 sources.