Ginsberg’s Acceptance of Self and Other

In my Kerouac & Ginsberg course, I analyzed Allen Ginsberg’s poem “America” from 1956 and tried to understand his political viewpoint during the Cold War.

“Throughout the poem, Ginsberg refers to America as ‘you,’ ‘we,’ and ‘I.’ He is realizing that despite his criticism for America, he is not separate from it. ‘I’m addressing you. … It occurs to me that I am America. I am talking to myself again.'”

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Relinquishing the Self

In my American Literature class, I analyzed John Woolman’s abolitionist efforts prior to the Civil War.

“His experience as a public speaker and teacher allowed him to develop a method of dialog with slave owners that was constructive rather than accusatory and that contained a logic that was easy to understand.”