Our First Great Tragedy of the War

Page 60, Article 2

http://library.brown.edu/pdfs/1292948398124250.pdf

This article talks about how “Negro men” are called into this war without having any education. The argument states that some of them do not know how to read or write or how some even believe that the war is occurring a few miles from Atlanta. It also talk about how they were repressed and exploited and then called upon to help fight for the country. The only keyword that truly stick out in this section is “war”. This is to be expected as the section was dedicated to explaining the challenges that some men face in the war. This word is employed to signify what is occurring at the time. The topic of the argument is similar to that in The New Freewoman¬†because they are telling a story of how they see this group of military men who were repressed and then called upon in a time of need. It connects to the magazine in a way to tell stories of oppression and repression.

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2 thoughts on “Our First Great Tragedy of the War

  1. I think that the greater theme displayed here is the greater systemic repression and oppression here. It shows that not only have these young men had no real education, but that they are not even taught, via society, about the region, states, or even cities that they are currently living in. There was no way for someone who doesn’t know where they live to be taken seriously during the time period. They would continue to be subjected to disenfranchisement, and would have no means to lift themselves, or their families, up out of this situation. That is, until they have been given the opportunity, via the call, to fight for America. Some claim that this can help do this for the neglected and downtrodden men, but even if this is true, it won’t be enough to help their families that they are leaving behind.

    • I agree with your statement about the systemic repression and oppression here. I also liked the way it was phrased above, “It also talk about how they were repressed and exploited and then called upon to help fight for the country. ” as these young men were not aware of the situation they were getting into. They were given the opportunity to fight but they were given very limited information. In a way, it is manipulative as what they believed was going on was different than what was actually going on. The opportunity to serve in the military was a sort of “higher calling” for these men. However, after the war, it would did not really help them or their families.

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