Read the excerpt from "a poem for my librarian, mrs. long.” she would go to the big library uptown and i now know hat in hand to ask to borrow so that i might but she nonetheless brought the books back and i held them to my chest close to my heart how does the time period in which the poem takes place contribute to the reader’s understanding of this excerpt? a) it shows how books provided the speaker with an escape from social injustices. b) it illustrates how involved people were with the social conflicts in society and what they did to overcome them. c) it gives the reader a clear picture of what mrs. long considered to be the most important issues of her day. d) it provides specific details about what the speaker and the people in her community thought about civil rights.
A) It shows how books provided the speaker with an escape from social injustices.
In this poem, the speaker talks about her childhood in Tennessee during the 1950s. The speaker is black, and she grew up at a time when racial issues were a big topic of discussion in the country, and a constant source of discrimination. She tells us that she used to go to the local library, where Mrs. Long would help her find books. However, when she needed books that were not available, Mrs. Long would go to the big library uptown and get them for her. The poem shows how the books provided an escape from the social injustices that were common at that time.
The answer is A.
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