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gain racial equality, Philip A. Randolph spoke what seemed to be the motto of all African

Americans in the mid 1900-s:“Negroes are the only people who are victims of Jim Crown [laws],

and it is they who must…assume the responsibility to abolish it (Randolph 243). This unspoken

challenge to stray from the beaten path was a challenge that African Americans freely accepted.

Through Invisible Man, praised by Anthony M. Dykema-VanderArk as “one of the most

compelling and important novels of [the twentieth] century (“An overview of Invisible Man”),

Ellison expertly embodies the strife that African Americans endured in the 1900’s; using his

unnamed narrator to personify the emotional oppression, violence, and slow recovery brought

about by racism of the twentieth century. Not unlike so many historical figures of the 1900’s

such as Martin Luther King Jr., Abel Plenn, and Booker T. Washington, Ellison’s invisible man

searches desperately for meaning and equality amid an amorphous and twisted world where each

color is a part of the dream mean to be woven into the blanket that is America.

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