By Walter M. Brasch
From research of the mass media, Dr. Brasch develops an enormous new thought to give an explanation for the old improvement of Black English, and to provide a speculation which can clarify old improvement of style. Dr. Brasch discusses the sociological, mental, cultural, historic, linguistic, and journalistic bases of Black English. Black English and the Mass Media offers an important and critical base for figuring out American language and tradition.
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Merrill, Ernie Smith, Riley B. Smith, John H. Timmis III, and Colston Westbrook. Throughout my research I was assisted and encouraged by Vivian M. Laughrey. Her conscientious sensitivity to detail was most helpful. I am especially thankful to librarians James R. Housel, Barbara Flynn, Gary Friedman, Bertha Makow, Vicki Myers, Kay Pearlman, Diane Perry, Ed Templeton, and Leonard Wheeler at the Ontario (California) City Library; and to librarians at Ohio University, Ohio State University, Temple University, and the Claremont colleges.
Historic Visibility By tracing a historical development of almost three hundred years, as reflected within the literature of the mass media, it becomes obvious that the visibility and importance of the Black increased in literature as Page xviii the years progressed. In the Colonial-Revolutionary Cycle, the Black was present only as a servant or slave, often to utter a few comic lines and then depart. By the end of the Reconstruction Cycle, the Black was a major literary character. " This increased visibility, though not always honest or sympathetic, would continue into the Civil Rights Cycle of the mid-twentieth century.
I have known some melancholy Instances of whole Ship Crews being surpriz'd, and cut off by them. But the safest Way is to trade with the different Nations, on either Side of the River, and having some of every Sort on board, there will be no more likelihood of their succeeding than of finishing the Tower of Babel. 7 Thus the Blacks spoke not only their own native language, but, in essence, a common trade language. The creolist theory maintains that while in the United States, Black slaves by necessity developed regional variations of a creole, possibly as early as the seventeenth century, and that the creole had its basis not in Elizabethan English but in West African languages.