The Train as Symbol in African American Literature

Zabel, Darcy A.
January 2004
Underground Railroad in African American Literature;2004, p1
The article discusses the use of the train as a literary symbol of African American literature. Several writers use trains in their works, though its roles are different. Some see trains as the victory of man over nature while others see it as freedom. Trains can even have different representations in the same work, much like in the story Of the Coming of John, by W. E. B. Du Bois.


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