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Lewis Allan (Abel Meeropol): "Strange Fruit"

Maya Angelou: "Still I Rise"

Ray Bradbury: "The Pedestrian"


D'Ammassa, Don. “‘The Pedestrian.’” Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, 2nd ed., Facts On File, 2013. Bloom's Literature,

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Charles W. Chestnutt: "The Goophered Grapevine"

Kate Chopin: "At the Cadian Ball," "The Storm," and "Desiree's Baby"

T. S. Eliot: "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"


Murphy, Russell Elliot. “‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.’” Critical Companion to T. S. Eliot, Facts On File, 2007. Bloom's Literature,

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Charlotte Perkins Gilman: "The Yellow Wallpaper"

Joel Chandler Harris: "The Wonderful Tar Baby" and "How Mr. Rabbit Was Too Smart for Mr. Fox"

Langston Hughes: "I, Too," "Let America Be America Again," and "The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain"

Zora Neale Hurston: "The Gilded Six-Bits" and "How It Feels to Be Colored Me"


Hardy, Sarah Madsen. "Critical Essay on 'The Gilded Six-Bits'." Short Stories for Students, edited by Jennifer Smith, vol. 11, Gale, 2001. Gale Literature Resource Center,

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Ursula K. Le Guin: "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas"

Claude McKay: "America" & "The Lynching"

Joyce Carol Oates: "Where Are You Going? Where Have You Been?"

Flannery O'Connor: "Good Country People" and "Revelation"

Marge Piercy: "Barbie Doll" and "What Are Big Girls Made of"

Carl Sandburg: "Chicago"

Kurt Vonnegut: "Harrison Bergeron" and "2BR02B"


Werlock, Abby H. P. “‘Harrison Bergeron.’” Encyclopedia of the American Short Story, 2-Volume Set, 3rd ed., Facts On File, 2013. Bloom's Literature,

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Alice Walker: "Everyday Use"

Richard Wright: "The Man Who Was Almost a Man"