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A stunning, tough, and relocating tale a few shy and abused Southern black woman's fight to create an id, a sense of self worth, and love.

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DU BOIS, WILLIAM B. B. The Souls of Black Folk. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1979. DWORKIN, S. " Ms. 14:66-70+ (December, 1985). GIBSON, DONALD B. and CAROL ANSELMENT, eds. Black and White: Stories of American Life. New York: Washington Square Press, 1971. GOLDSTEIN, W. " Publishers Weekly 228:46-8 (September 6, 1985). GUTMAN, HERBERT G. The Black Family in Slavery and Freedom. New York: Pantheon, 1976. HARLAN, LOUIS R. Booker T. Washington. New York: Oxford University Press, 1983. HUGHES, LANGSTON. A Pictorial History of Blackamericans.

God is not white, or black, or male. God is God. " It is absolutely believable that Celie would believe that God was a trifling man. As an oppressed black American, she has been taught that white men are the superior source of authority. Likewise, God is omnipotent. For that reason, Nettie's observation that Jesus had lamb's wool-like hair (kinky) was a puzzling idea to her; that kind of hair allows for the possibility that God is black. When Celie says, "If he ever listened to poor colored women the world would be a different place," she is saying that God is white, male, and rich.

GIBSON, DONALD B. and CAROL ANSELMENT, eds. Black and White: Stories of American Life. New York: Washington Square Press, 1971. GOLDSTEIN, W. " Publishers Weekly 228:46-8 (September 6, 1985). GUTMAN, HERBERT G. The Black Family in Slavery and Freedom. New York: Pantheon, 1976. HARLAN, LOUIS R. Booker T. Washington. New York: Oxford University Press, 1983. HUGHES, LANGSTON. A Pictorial History of Blackamericans. New York: Crown Publishers, 1983. KING, ANITA. Quotations in Black. : Greenwood Press, 1981.

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