Major

English

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Date of Graduation

Fall 2019

Abstract

This article discusses James Baldwin's 1964 play Blues for Mister Charlie as it functions as a form of protest literature that aims to portray race as a social construction. It contextualizes itself with background on the 1955 murder of Emmett Till as it applies to the plot of the play, and it explores subjects of miscegenation, interracial mixing, and the role of the press in evoking societal change during the Civil Rights Movement.

Research Sponsor

Dr. Philathia Bolton

First Reader

Dr. Hillary Nunn

Second Reader

Dr. Angela Bilia

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