Kristine Martin states that “the literature which has developed over the past thirty years in Africa and over the past ten in the Pacific mirrors their shared experiences and outlook.” Black Americans have also lived in a society controlled by whites. They have also been portrayed as uncivilized, culturally deprived, less-than-second—class citizens. And black Americans have also felt “bitterness, frustration, and longing.” It is not surprising, therefore, that black American literature has many of the characteristics Martin found in African and South Pacific literature.

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