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The Historical and Social Context of The Color Purple

Alice Walker

Born on February 9th 1944 in Putnam Country, Georgia.
o Novels/Short Stories
The Third Life of Grange Copeland (1970)
In Love and Trouble: Stories of Black Women (1973)
Everyday Use (1973)
Meridan (1976)
The Color Purple (1982)

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Sent by Earth: A Message from the Grandmother Spirit After the Boming of
the World Trade Center and Pentagon (2001)
We are the Ones we Have Been Waiting For (2006)
Overcoming Speechlessness (2010)
Chicken Chronicles, A Memoir (2011)
Other awards:
o Honorary Degree from California Institute of the Arts (1995)…

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o 2009 ­ One of 50 signers of letter protesting Toronto International Film Festival's
`City to City' spotlight on Israeli filmmakers, condemning Irrael as an "apartheid
o 2009 ­ Travelled to Gaza along with 60 0ther female activist to deliver aid
o 2009 ­ Participated in Gaza Freedom March…

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oNon-specialist attitudes can be negative, especially among African Americans as it
deviates from standard
o Use is interpreted as a sign of ignorance or laziness
Jim Crow laws
o 1880s-1960s ­ enforced segregation
o Differed from state-to-state
o Could impose legal punishments for consorting with members of another race

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o Mississippi
Separate schools maintained for children of different races
Any person shall be guilty of printing, publishing or circulating texts urging
for public acceptance or general information in favour of social equality or
intermarriage (fined $500 and/or 6 month prison sentence)
Intermarriage (one-eighth or more of "Negro blood") unlawful…

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Attended all-black McCosh Grammar School
Three days after arriving in Money, Mississippi, Till and a group of teenagers entered
Bryant's Grocery and Meat Market. Till apparently flirted with Carolyn Brant.
Four days later, early in the morning on 28th August 1955, Roy Brant and his half brother J.W.
Milam kidnapped…


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