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    The Homestead Act was a United States federal law signed by President Abraham Lincoln on May 20, 1862. It gave an applicant freehold title to up to 160 acres of undeveloped federal land outside of the original thirteen colonies. The law required that an applicant file an application, improve the land, and then file for a deed of title. Applicants could be anybody that had never taken up arms against the United States government, including freed slaves. The south initially resisted the Homestead Act in fear that the increase in free farmers would threaten plantation slavery and give rise to new states populated by small farmers opposed to slavery. However, with the succession of Southern states from the Union, the Homestead Act was finally passed and signed into law.
    Enacted during the Civil War in 1862, the Homestead Act is an example of how freed slaves, although they could move West and live “freely”, continued to struggle to be free. In "Dancing in the Dark", by Caryl Phillips, this can be seen with Bert Williams who struggles to make it as a black entertainer. Although he is a free black man, society’s constraints and prejudices hold him down, leading him to feel as though he might as well be a slave. The fact that he has to downplay himself as a stupid negro only adds to the humiliation and feeling of a slave to white Americans. The Homestead Act shows that although freed slaves were able to move West, start a new life, and live freely, they continued to struggle to overcome the prejudices deeply instilled into white Americans. They struggled to earn a living and to survive, not being allowed the same opportunities as whites. "Dancing in the Dark" is a perfect representation of such a “free”yet enslaved black man.
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    named Bert Williams.Williams in Dancing in the Dark. Pearl Cleage
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    of black homesteaders.homesteaders in Flyin' West.
    The Homestead Act was a United States federal law signed by President Abraham Lincoln on May 20, 1862. It gave an applicant freehold title to up to 160 acres of undeveloped federal land outside of the original thirteen colonies. The law required that an applicant file an application, improve the land, and then file for a deed of title. Applicants could be anybody that had never taken up arms against the United States government, including freed slaves. The south initially resisted the Homestead Act in fear that the increase in free farmers would threaten plantation slavery and give rise to new states populated by small farmers opposed to slavery. However, with the succession of Southern states from the Union, the Homestead Act was finally passed and signed into law.
    Enacted during the Civil War in 1862, the Homestead Act is an example of how freed slaves, although they could move West and live “freely”, continued to struggle to be free. In "Dancing in the Dark", by Caryl Phillips, this can be seen with Bert Williams who struggles to make it as a black entertainer. Although he is a free black man, society’s constraints and prejudices hold him down, leading him to feel as though he might as well be a slave. The fact that he has to downplay himself as a stupid negro only adds to the humiliation and feeling of a slave to white Americans. The Homestead Act shows that although freed slaves were able to move West, start a new life, and live freely, they continued to struggle to overcome the prejudices deeply instilled into white Americans. They struggled to earn a living and to survive, not being allowed the same opportunities as whites. "Dancing in the Dark" is a perfect representation of such a “free”yet enslaved black man.
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    Pearl Cleage directly highlights the lives of black homesteaders.
    The Homestead Act was a United States federal law signed by President Abraham Lincoln on May 20, 1862. It gave an applicant freehold title to up to 160 acres of undeveloped federal land outside of the original thirteen colonies. The law required that an applicant file an application, improve the land, and then file for a deed of title. Applicants could be anybody that had never taken up arms against the United States government, including freed slaves. The south initially resisted the Homestead Act in fear that the increase in free farmers would threaten plantation slavery and give rise to new states populated by small farmers opposed to slavery. However, with the succession of Southern states from the Union, the Homestead Act was finally passed and signed into law.
    Enacted during the Civil War in 1862, the Homestead Act is an example of how freed slaves, although they could move West and live “freely”, continued to struggle to be free. In "Dancing in the Dark", by Caryl Phillips, this can be seen with Bert Williams who struggles to make it as a black entertainer. Although he is a free black man, society’s constraints and prejudices hold him down, leading him to feel as though he might as well be a slave. The fact that he has to downplay himself as a stupid negro only adds to the humiliation and feeling of a slave to white Americans. The Homestead Act shows that although freed slaves were able to move West, start a new life, and live freely, they continued to struggle to overcome the prejudices deeply instilled into white Americans. They struggled to earn a living and to survive, not being allowed the same opportunities as whites. "Dancing in the Dark" is a perfect representation of such a “free”yet enslaved black man.
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    Pearl Cleage. Caryl Phillips displays inquality issues through the life of a man named Bert Williams. Pearl Cleage
    The Homestead Act was a United States federal law signed by President Abraham Lincoln on May 20, 1862. It gave an applicant freehold title to up to 160 acres of undeveloped federal land outside of the original thirteen colonies. The law required that an applicant file an application, improve the land, and then file for a deed of title. Applicants could be anybody that had never taken up arms against the United States government, including freed slaves. The south initially resisted the Homestead Act in fear that the increase in free farmers would threaten plantation slavery and give rise to new states populated by small farmers opposed to slavery. However, with the succession of Southern states from the Union, the Homestead Act was finally passed and signed into law.
    Enacted during the Civil War in 1862, the Homestead Act is an example of how freed slaves, although they could move West and live “freely”, continued to struggle to be free. In "Dancing in the Dark", by Caryl Phillips, this can be seen with Bert Williams who struggles to make it as a black entertainer. Although he is a free black man, society’s constraints and prejudices hold him down, leading him to feel as though he might as well be a slave. The fact that he has to downplay himself as a stupid negro only adds to the humiliation and feeling of a slave to white Americans. The Homestead Act shows that although freed slaves were able to move West, start a new life, and live freely, they continued to struggle to overcome the prejudices deeply instilled into white Americans. They struggled to earn a living and to survive, not being allowed the same opportunities as whites. "Dancing in the Dark" is a perfect representation of such a “free”yet enslaved black man.
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    About CarylCaryl Phillips {http://www.mtholyoke.edu/offices/comm/csj/110802/images/CarylPhillips.jpg}
    Caryl Phillips was born in St. Kitts on March 18, 1958. St. Kitts is a small island that is part of a Caribbean country. Phillips grew up in England and his parents were a part of a massive group of Caribbean nationals. These Caribbean nationals immigrated to England for increased economic opportunities. Today, he lives in both England and the United States. Phillips' work is mostly Black Atlantic Literature, or literature about the relationships among people of African descent in Africa, Europe, and the Americas. Their legacy includes the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The following is a selected biography of his work:
    A Distant Shore 2003
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    The Wasted Years (play) 1985
    Where There is Darkness (play) 1982
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  7. page Sources edited ... Lusted, Marcia A. "Exodusters." Cobblestone 29.1 (2008): 28-31. MAS Ultra - School E…
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    Lusted, Marcia A. "Exodusters." Cobblestone 29.1 (2008): 28-31. MAS Ultra - School Edition. Web. 27 November 2010.
    Meacham, Mike. "The Exoduster Movement." Western Journal of Black Studies 27.2 (2003): 108-117. Academic Search Premier. Web. 27 November 2010.
    McKoy, Smith. "Caryl Phillips: Brief Biography and Bibliogarphy." 2010.
    Mount Holyoke. Mount Holyoke College, 2010. Web. 4 Dec. 2010. http://www.mtholyoke.edu/offices/comm/csj/110802/images/CarylPhillips.jpg.
    The National Archives. The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. Web. 27 Nov. 2010. http://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/homestead-act/.
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