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Meyer, C; et al.. 


Plagiarism check

  Pass. WMF copyvio tool using TurnItIn. Flagged items were book titles and properly attributed quotes. Rachel Helps (BYU) (discusscontribs) 17:20, 15 November 2018 (UTC)

First peer review

Review by Pierre Walker , Salem State University
This review was submitted on , and refers to this previous version of the article

The article, generally, looks fine to me, a nice summary of scholarship on Angelou’s autobiographical books.

There is a fair amount of repetition from section to section, but as I am not familiar with articles in WikiJournal of Humanities, I do not grasp your conventions for how articles present themselves. So perhaps this repetition is normal.

There are three simple errors that I see, that can easily be corrected.

1. The first paragraph of the “Racism” section mentions scholar Lynn Z. Bloom and then, in the same sentence, refers to Bloom as “he.” I may be mistaken, but I am pretty sure that Lynn Z. Bloom should be referred to as “she.” Her CV online refers to her as a professor emerita (not emeritus) at the University of Connecticut.

2. The box next to the 2nd paragraph of the “Racism” section provides a verse from Paul Laurence Dunbar’s poem, “Sympathy.” The caption incorrectly identifies this verse as the first stanza, when in fact it is the third and final stanza of the poem.

It would also be nice if Dunbar’s line breaks were respected; the box inaccurately runs lines together.

3. The next-to-last paragraph of the “Travel” section speaks of “descriptions of white expatriates in Europe in the 1920s by Ernest Hemingway and Henry James.” This phrase needs to be rewritten, as Henry James died in 1916 and therefore did not write “descriptions of white expatriates in Europe in the 1920s.” He DID write descriptions of white (American) expatriates in Europe, but he wrote them between 1870 and 1915, and he set them during the nineteenth century and very early twentieth century. Hemingway, who lived in Paris in the 1920s, DID often write during the 20th century about white American expatriates during the 20th century (including during the 1920s) living in Europe.

Good luck to the article!


Mr. Walker, thank you for reviewing this article.
  • Regarding the repetition: the second reviewer below also brings up the same issue. It's my understanding that the lead in Wikipedia article summaries the content of the body of the article, thus the repetition. I assume that for the Wikijournal, the lead serves as the abstract, which from my limited knowledge about academic articles, also summaries it. Obviously, I need some direction about this, so if you have any suggestions, please give them.
  • Thanks for the Bloom catch.
  • Fixed the Dunbar issues. I also fixed a similar issue with the quote box underneath.
  • Correct the phrase as per your suggestion.
  • I'm confident that I addressed all your issues. Please let me know if there's anything else you want done, and thanks again. Figureskatingfan (discusscontribs) 00:01, 23 November 2018 (UTC)

Second peer review

Review by Analena Hope , California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
This review was submitted on , and refers to this previous version of the article

My edits focused mostly on sentence structure and tense. More specifically, I changed the author's references to Angelou's books from past to present tense (i.e.: "Angelou explored" vs. "Angelou explores"). I also changed some of the references to "Black females" to read "Black women" instead. Like the previous reviewer, I also found there to be repetitive sections, particularly the opening paragraph and the "overview" section.

Overall, I found this piece to be interesting and accessible.


Ms. Hope, thanks for reviewing this article. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I appreciate your edits, which I agree with. It was suggested by reviewers on Wikipedia to make sure the tenses were past, which I followed even though I opposed it at the time, so I'm happy that the tenses will be present here in the Wikijournal. ;) I addressed the repetition issue you bring up in Mr. Walker's comments above; if you have any suggestions, please let me know of them. Figureskatingfan (discusscontribs) 00:31, 23 November 2018 (UTC)

Note: The above comments refer to these edits. T.Shafee(Evo﹠Evo)talk 11:39, 17 November 2018 (UTC)

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