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    2001 Research

    Abstract: Juneteenth: A Novel Holiday

    Mentor: Dr. Paul Lindholdt, English

    In literature, fiction is often defined as a model of reality. However, sometimes fiction has a closer tie to "reality" than is initially perceived. For example, Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin centers on the fictitious character of "Uncle Tom." Although the novel is called a tale, its roots lie deep in the rotten soil of slavery. Stowe did not create the West African slave trade with her pen and parchment.

    A lack of awareness concerning the historical foundations of certain novels leaves readers exposed to only the superficial aspects of these works. Juneteenth, by Ralph Ellison, is one such example. In order to understand the American holiday of the same name, and therefore, understanding the history of America-a history that may become the future.


    8th Annual Research & CW Symposium, EWU, May 18, 2005

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