In the midst of Freedom Summer, events of other importance occurred, causing enhancement of Civil Rights Movement. Within this situation, Deborah Wiles was able to express historical events of the time period, while also altering details of character and theme composition.
Throughout the sixties, the historical development of economic importance was developed. Though Revolution focuses on the Civil Rights Movement, Wiles mentions historical events which she applies to the development of characters. Take the election of Lyndon B. Johnson for example. After the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Johnson was elected as a monumental president to take office after the death of an iconic Civil Rights activist. Through this occurrence, Johnson’s high determination, “…he wanted to eliminate poverty and racial injustice, so he created a plan to do that he called it the ‘Great Society’”(Wiles).
Wiles incorporated this historical reference abundant in the plotline of Revolution, while being able to compose the conflict of Greenwood, Mississippi, developing the ignorance of Sunny and her unity and conflict revolving around African Americans. “‘…But they (African Americans) have a pool.’ They have their own pool”(Wiles). This shows Sunny’s ignorance as well as a connection with the Civil Rights Movement (unity) with the events of Brown vs. Board of Education. In addition to the events of Lyndon B. Jonson, the Vietnam War was a major event mentioned. For instance, as a resemblance to Sunny’s Uncle Parnell, the author included events specific to Sunny’s family considering that this war provided African Americans an opportunity to serve on non-segregated war troops.. “…hup, two, three, four.We got us a Soldier Boy for Sunday dinner” (Wiles). This showing the development of the theme in Revolution.
Parnell would follow to reply to Sunny in terms of African Americans, “I guess that’s not enough” (Wiles). As Martin Luther King Jr. stated in his speech, “I Have a Dream”, We will not be satisfied until, “Justice rolls down like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream” (King). As an important icon in this time period, MLK was mentioned as a significant character. This is expressed through fictionally based on biblical references such made by Sunny, “Romans 12:2 ‘And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…’”(Wiles). This showing the change in mindset and determination.
Deborah Wiles’ exceptional writing is shown through historical time period portrayed in character development. As discussed through her writing often, character morals are shown in the setting, character adaptation, and time period.