by August Wilson
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- Jackie Robinson
Though Troy Maxson claims to be unimpressed by Jackie Robinson, we certainly are. Many know that Robinson was the first to break the race barrier in pro-baseball. What you might not have heard is that he started out a football player.
- Civil Rights
All of August Wilson's plays take on issues to black equality, and Fences is no exception. This link provides an overview of the Civil Rights Movement that was just beginning in the time the play is set.