Opressing and enslaving other cultures that are extotic or foreign to the Untied States has been a large dark stain in the fabric of history of the Unites States that can never be washed away. This is most prevalent in the case of African-Americans who for almost a century were bought, sold and treated like property and their suffering can still be felt to this day. Although slaves were emancipated by the Emancipation Proclamation written by President Lincoln in 1869 they never got the equality that allowed them to live their lives equally up until the late 1960s. Many states were quick to pass oppressive and discriminatory laws called Jim Crow laws, which were designed to systematically oppress African-Americans people and to prevent them
In “Sympathy”, the bird beats his wing to escape but then begins imploring or sings a prayer to the help of a higher power for freedom such as “Caged Bird”, which both have a metaphor that’s mutual. “When his wing is bruised and bosom sore… a prayer that he sends from his heart’s deep core, but a plea… Heaven flings… caged bird sings…” (6, 19-21). As analyzing and intricately the poem, it shows how some objects are symbolizing others. “caged bird beats his wing … Till its blood is red on the cruel bars… pain throbs in the old, old scars…”(8, 9, 12). Such as the caged being the segregation, being African Americans and the beat of the wing a movement towards freedom.
The Jim Crow laws made many blacks southerns to express there words and feeling through other quote and songs ( Litwack 33-34). This is one of the many ways the blacks expressed how they were feeling at this time. “[...] Jim Crowed black southerners to express, in the words of Ralph Ellison, “both the agony of life and the possibility of conquering it through sleer toughness of spirit,[...]”’(Litwack 33). People used others words to make people hopeful and encourage and to make a point that they will find a way out of this time. People felt comforted with the use of words and songs to bring together
For example, the Harlem Renaissance was a great opportunity for African Americans to express their sadness they had felt as slaves. This was demonstrated by Billie Holiday who sang The Strange Fruit; “Southern Trees bare strange fruit, Blood on the leaves and blood at the root, Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze, Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees….” Instead of directly stating his perspective as a slave, Holiday ties in a lot of emotion by using strange fruit as a symbol of slaves. He also brings in the words “blood” and “black bodies” to symbolize the dark times he had gone through as a slave. This also significantly affected social change in the Harlem renaissance, because it is a very sad and deep side that Americans were not able to experience. Not all music produced in the Harlem Renaissance was about slavery, for many people this was a chance to draw attention to their talents.
Even though the Freedmen 's bureau was a great thing and was helping America get back their life 's on track many disliked it and protested against the law. The Freedmens bureau’s goal of Helping freed slaves was getting even more difficult every because people began to realize how hard it would be to continue helping the freed slaves because the south issued a law called the Black codes.Black codes were laws the restricted the daily life of an African such as .It was the start of segregation and only set the reconstruction era back.The Freedmens bureau still struggled to help by helping find lost family members and getting African Americans education.Agents of the Freedmens bureau also helped in the court system.in 1866 congress wanted to renew the Freedmens bureau but was vetoed by president Andrew Johnson who be leaved that the Freedmens bureau offers to much help and would prevent African Americans on becoming independanrt.Slowly the Freedmens bureau lost it funding and in 1872 congress abandoned the Freedmens bureau. Many didn 't understand that the Freedmens bureau was created to help the United States not hurt here is quote from the CHAP. XC.–An Act to establish a Bureau for the Relief of Freedmen and Refugees.“And be it further enacted, That the Secretary of War may direct such issues of provisions, clothing, and fuel, as he may deem needful for the immediate and temporary shelter and supply of destitute and suffering refugees and freedmen and their wives and children, under such rules and regulations as he may
From 1954-1968, the majority of Americans worked together to achieve their goal of putting an end to legal laws of discrimination and racial segregation in the United States through the Civil Rights Movement. In the poem, “Harlem” by Langston Hughes, the letter “Letter from Birmingham Jail” by Martin Luther King Jr., and the article “A Letter To My Son” by Ta-Nehisi Coates, all demonstrate the struggles and unjust lives that African Americans went through back in the days till today. In Hughes’s poem, the readers are being demonstrated that the American Dream is inaccessible for African Americans because of the racial segregation and the usual poverty that most black people lived in. In King Jr.’s letter, he expresses the way laws were constructed to serve injustice to African Americans. In Coates’s letter to his son, he wrote about the racial injustices that African Americans lived through from now and back then.
Also, in time where discrimination and other violent actions against African Americans were considered acceptable or normal by a large number of people. The word is a sign of everything that the Americans’ who were slaves fought so hard against in the war for Civil Rights Movements. The continuous use of the word 3 Sanders shows the ignorance and disregards that so many have for people who have fought so hard for us to have freedom. The “N” word has been involved in many racial divides in the world. President Obama’s recent use of the “N” word in an interview, “Racism.
“Incident” by Natasha Tretheway brings to life the horrors African Americans faced during the time the Ku Klux Klan was rampant in the United States. Fear and secretiveness was an everyday part of African American lives. They were unable to live like white Americans were due to the racism they faced. This poem, however, symbolizes the idea that life continues through the fear of it crumbling. The narrator is still alive to tell his or her story; therefore, this is evidence that life continues.
And although there are benefits for animals in captivity, it could also be very bad for them. Zoos can be like prisons for the animals inside them, also living in a zoo could restrict natural behaviors that an animal would usually need, and also animal habitats have gotten destroyed and as a result, people put the surviving animals in zoos when in fact there is a much better alternative. Zoos can be like a prison for animals. In the article “Do Animals Loose in Zoos?” it references that a zoo is like a prison for an animal, and that is the truth. Animals need room to soar and run and play around and instead they are kept in a cage all day and aren’t given a lot of room to move and play around as they would please.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Book Review It is not an unknown fact that the world has seen many accounts of racial prejudice and how that prejudice leads to purification. The way visible differences make men turn upon one another. It is a thought provoking idea, for if men turn on each other then what would be the fate of females, for the behaviour of women is far crueler. Set in the 1930s, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, gives a personal, yet honest look at racial prejudice in the United States of America towards the black minority. Born Marguerite Annie Johnson, Maya Angelou, the young protagonist, is sent with her older brother Bailey, to live with their grandmother in the racially segregated, southern town of Stamps,
This deal could be considered a good thing for the southerners but many people were upset about having to pass the thirteenth amendment, which guaranteed certain freedoms for the African Americans in the south. To retaliate for this seven states passed the “black codes”. The black codes made it so that the African Americans had to work for very little money and ensured that they were landless and an extremely dependent labor force. Section 6 of the Mississippi Black Codes of 1866 are a perfect example of how controlling these codes were, the section states that when African Americans go to work for someone they must have a contract and if the contract isn’t upheld or if the laborer quits before the contract is up then they forfeit their wages for that year up to the time of quitting. Though the codes couldn’t directly block the thirteenth amendment, they could make parts of the amendment illegal, for example African Americans could marry each other but the black codes made it illegal for them to marry people of other races.
Sami Davis Rowan American History 2 27 January 2016 Post Civil War I like to think of the Reconstruction Era as the period of the underdogs! The nation was attempting to unite to make equality possible for all of black and white-skinned Americans. Countless carpetbaggers- northerners who moved south after the war- and scalawags- white Unionists and Republicans in the South- flocked to the South during Reconstruction. These two groups along with newly freed blacks made quite an impact on southern life. A small portion of humans during this time truly wanted equality, but the majority of people were stuck in their ways, unable to bring themselves out of the past.
Nativist sentiment pushed many to violate the rights of blacks. The defeat of the confederates in the South was not only devastating to the landscape and people, but also to the morals of the people. Carpetbaggers and scalawags served as “living reminders of military defeat” ("America 's Reconstruction: People and Politics After the Civil War"). This inspired “racial prejudice as well as more measured criticisms of Reconstruction policies,” as well as the Southern states “depriv[ing] blacks of their rights to vote” in violent ways ("America 's Reconstruction: People and Politics After the Civil War"). The ideals of Social Darwinism also gave white men another possible justification for their treatment, providing a reason for them to believe that blacks were poor and desolate because they didn’t work hard enough.
Wells was an African American who saw hope in the African American life to change since she saw it with her parents being former slaves and achieved higher things. That perspective changed when she saw the rights of African Americans being taken away from white Americans. Wells’s goals were to let the world know the horrible things that happened in the South to African Americans. In Memphis, she was editor for the Free Speech and Headlight there she” editorials under the pseudonym "Iola," she condemned violence against blacks, disfranchisement, poor schools, and the failure of black people to fight for their rights.” (PBS) In 1892, her friend Tom Moss, a respected black store owner and friend of Barnett, were lynched after defending his store against an attack by whites. Wells, angry of the evil attacked she wrote in her newspaper exposing the lynches that happened to innocent people.