Excerpt: "The treatment of the Negro in American fiction, since it parallels his treatment in American life, has naturally been noted for injustice. Like other oppressed and exploited minorities, the Negro has been interpreted in a way to justify his exploiters I swear their nature is beyond my comprehension. A strange people!?merry ?mid their misery?laughing through their tears, like the sun shining through the rain. Yet what simple philosophers they! They tread life?s path as if ?twere strewn with roses devoid of thorns, and make the most of life with natures of sunshine and song. Most American readers would take this to refer to the Negro, but it was spoken of the Irish, in a play dealing with one of the most desperate periods of Ireland?s tragic history. The Jew has been treated similarly by his persecutors. The African, and especially the South African native, is now receiving substantially the same treatment as the American Negro. Literature dealing with the peasant and the working-class has, until recently, conformed to a similar pattern."