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The Slave , one-act play by Amiri Baraka , performed and published in An examination of tension between blacks and whites in contemporary America, The Slave is the story of a visit by African American Walker Vessles to the home of Grace, his white ex-wife, and Easley, her white husband.
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Review: The Slave
The early works of Amiri Baraka and Luis Valdez reflect some of their aesthetic, social, political, and ideological convergences that coincided with the tumultuous period of social protest during the s and s. Both playwrights defined their social and artistic work by engaging with issues of race, ethnicity, justice, and nationalist aspirations for their respective groups at a critical juncture in American history. Their dramatic work during this influential period of black and Chicano theater was closely connected by their critique of social and economic conditions of marginalized members of their respective groups—blacks living in major urban cities and Chicano farm workers in California. Several scholars have discussed the aesthetic, cultural, and social significance of the works of Baraka and Valdez within their respective groups and the larger American theater tradition,  but only Harry Elam has studied their work comparatively. In his study Taking It to the Streets , Elam systematically explores their social protest theater by focusing on their points of convergence and similarities. Only in this way can we move beyond the potentially polarizing divisions of race and ethnicity.
In Black and White
The Slave , one-act play by Amiri Baraka , performed and published in An examination of tension between blacks and whites in contemporary America, The Slave is the story of a visit by African American Walker Vessles to the home of Grace, his white ex-wife, and Easley, her white husband. The Slave. Info Print Cite. Submit Feedback.
Baraka's career spanned nearly 50 years, and his themes range from black liberation to white racism. Some poems that are always associated with him are "The Music: Reflection on Jazz and Blues", "The Book of Monk", and "New Music, New Poetry", works that draw on topics from the worlds of society, music, and literature. In the African-American community, some compare Baraka to James Baldwin and recognize him as one of the most respected and most widely published black writers of his generation. His father Colt Leverette Jones worked as a postal supervisor and lift operator. He wanted to be just like Miles Davis. That gorgeous chilling sweet sound. That's the music you wanted playing when you was coming into a joint, or just looking up at the sky with your baby by your side, that mixture of America and them changes, them blue African magic chants.
Dutchman & The Slave
I wanted some kind of action literature. You look like you been trying to grow a beard. You look like you live in New Jersey with your parents and are trying to grow a beard. Laughs, uncrossing and recrossing her legs You look like death eating a soda cracker. We are also meant to understand that Baraka was indicting his own bohemianism here. The play is still a sensation.