“The Black Soldier”

“The Black Soldier” is written with its primary audience and cause in mind. It argues in favor of an optimistic outcome for colonized nations abroad and, in particular, the welfare of African Americans. The author believes that the involvement of black Americans in WWI will lead to an “American Negro, with the right to vote and the right to vote and the right to live without insult.” Its language is focused on its subject at hand, frequently speaking on African Americans and making reference to rights and improvements of living conditions.

Compared to The New Freewoman, there is a dissimilarity in this sense of focus, wherein The New Freewoman  spoke less directly on gender, or spoke in more abstruse and magniloquent language that often digressed into a number of obliquely related philosophies. Both possessed language that attempted to embolden its reader, though The Crisis struck a populist tone, whereas The New Freewoman spoke on a self-interested individualist level.

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2 thoughts on ““The Black Soldier”

  1. I think that you touched on really good points about ”The Black Soldier.” This article clearly states who the primary audience is and in which side of the argument the writer is on. ”Have courage and determination” is one of the sentences that translates that sense of encouragement towards African Americans and black people in general. And lines such as ”Never again will darker people of the wolrd occupy just the place the have before” set a tone of hope and positivism that the reader can perceive throughout the article.

    One of the similarities that The Crisis has with ”The New Woman” is the personal approach to the readers with the use of endearing words that seem evoke affection. However, I do agree with you and think that ”The New Woman” seems to speak in a more abstruse language unlike The crisis which was pretty clear with what it was trying to convey.

  2. I agree and really appreciate how the article immediately addresses its audience. For once, the reader does not have to guess or assume as much because the information is clearly stated and called out. There is absolutely no question about who and what the message is, which is clearly a boost of courage to the soldiers of color. I also personally appreciate when the articles stated, “you are fighting for the world, and you and your people are part of the world”. If that could not bring some sort of importance or motivation to the people, I’m not sure what would have.

    Both The Crisis and “The New Woman” are pieces that should strike some sort of meaningful emotion from the intended audience. I think that is one way that they are similar and although they are executed differently the messages are portrayed to am important cause.

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