Mine Eyes Have Seen

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Writers: Alice Dunbar-Nelson

Context

Written in the final year of World War I, Alice Dunbar-Nelson’s Mine Eyes Have Seen was published in The Crisis, a journal founded by W.E.B. Du Bois as a platform for the NAACP. In a manufacturing city somewhere in the Northern United States, an African-American family has been destroyed by violence and racism. A man was lynched and his wife died of heartbreak leaving their three children to fend for themselves. The children are now young adults, but Lucy, the youngest, and Dan, the oldest, are disabled and relient on their brother, Chris, to support them. When Chris comes home from work

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