Jean Wagner: On "Sharecroppers"

Like the democratic ideal, the notion of trade-union solidarity seems unable to bring about, in the foreseeable future, a bond of brotherhood between the races. Either of these goals comes to resemble a trap that has been prepared to ensnare the black. It can lead to death; it does not enable him to live. Witness to this fact is the black hero of "Sharecroppers," shot down by his boss for refusing to reveal the names of the comrades, black and white, whom he had seen at the union meeting. As he gives up his life for his trade-union ideal, he does indeed declare his faith in interracial brotherhood -- but this, it is quite clear, will not be achieved tomorrow.

From Black Poets of the United States: From Paul Laurence Dunbar to Langston Hughes. Copyright © 1973 by the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.

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Title Jean Wagner: On "Sharecroppers" Type of Content Criticism
Criticism Author Jean Wagner Criticism Target Sterling A. Brown
Criticism Type Poet Originally Posted 05 Jun 2015
Publication Status Excerpted Criticism Publication Black Poets of the United States: From Paul Laurence Dunbar to Langston Hughes
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