Children would have to stay home from school once they were old enough to do a full days work. Children were expected to produce as much work as an adult. Many children were unable to pass the first grade just as Walter was unable to pass the first grade in To Kill A Mockingbird. Harper Lee had Walter explain to Atticus how he could not pass the grade he was in because he had to stay home from school and help his father work on the family farm. Children were put into many dangerous situations but their parents were unable to afford to hire workers on the farms because of the financial and ecological disasters.
During the 1950’s and 1960’s, there was the need and desire for social justice, so that African Americans could gain equal rights under the law in the United States. The Civil Rights Movement defeated the injustice of public facilities being segregated by “race” in the South. Two women who advocated for black justice during the Civil Rights Movement through the use of music are Nina Simone and Billie Holiday. Simone is an American singer who sang a mix of blues, jazz, and folk music. She was known for songs like “ Young, Gifted and Black,” “ Four Woman,” and “ Mississippi Goddam.” Holiday is considered one of the most influential jazz vocalists of all time.
Before these protests and marches occurred, and even during, African Americans were force to endure countless amounts of abuse and segregation from many public areas. The effects of the civil rights movement have changed the shape of American society immensely and many, not just African Americans, have benefited from the sacrifices of many. A good education is something that everybody should have access to however that was not the case for African American back in the 1900s. Post-civil war, many freed slaves wanted to educate their children, however, the school in which their children attended were poorly funded and racial segregated. This obvious discrimination spurred one of the biggest landmarks in U.S. History.
Rosa Parks was one of the blacks that wanted to end segregation. She was one of the most important people to help commence the Civil Rights movement. Douglas Brinkley and Rita Dove both portrayed Rosa Parks similarly; however, both media types portray her differently as well. The reader can learn both similar and different characteristics from these authors about Rosa Parks from her appearance, her daily life, personal thoughts, values, and the authors’ genre techniques. During the 1960’s, Rosa Parks wouldn’t have been a very noticeable person, other than the fact she was a colored woman.
Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple, was a Civil Rights Movement activist. She grew up in a poor family of sharecroppers in Georgia- which relates to the main character of The Color Purple, Celie (“Alice Walker Biography”). Celie comes from a poor family, is married into a cropping family, and later becomes more financially stable as life progresses just as Alice Walker does. In most of Walker’s work, she writes about black women’s accomplishments during the time period. Stories she had heard of her past generation were used to leave their mark and honor her ancestors.
Famine soon stuck, crops didn’t grow; relatives having no food went to him for food, hearing rumors of him having extra money and food. Lung’s family went south, taking the trains, because of this famine, he spent some time in the South. After having an opportunity to go home, he used some of the money that he had received from a fallen rich family’s House (broken in by the poor). He traveled home and rebuild and rebuilt everything. But with this story up to this point, the house of Wang Lung wasn’t your typical 21st century house.
In the short story "Everything That Rises Must Converge" by Flannery O 'Connor a mother, who comes from a wealthy slave owning family, and her college educated son Julian cannot agree on how to treat people of color. The story begins with Julian preparing to escort his mother to her weekly class at the Y to lose weight. She needs this class reduce her high blood pressure. He takes her there every week because she will not take the bus alone since the buses have become integrated. Julian 's mother 's family lost all of their wealth after the civil war, and at a certain point in the story she considers returning a hat she purchased to pay her gas bill.
As a matter of fact, people lost their livelihoods and their homes, and as a result, people were living as homeless “hobos” (The Balance). The people and families that had lost everything were forced to live on the streets because they had nowhere else to go. Although, for special relief for farmers, the Agricultural Adjustment program paid wheat growers for not planting their crops (Worster 127). This saved the community from scraping the absolute bottom and awakened social conscience of the rest of the nation and an influx of federal
However, my grandmother was only so young she didn’t know how to fend for herself so she had to learn. Moreover, I couldn’t relate to what my great grandmother went through.After hearing this I read articles about child soldiers. I came across two articles “Armed & Underaged” by Jeffrey Gettleman plus “The Charge: Genocide” by Lydia Polgreen.I can tell justice will never be done for anyone in the late 1900’s through the early 2000’s. I know this because there was the killing of certain ethnic groups. Also, people weren’t paid for certain jobs they worked for.
He led the Civil Rights Movement against racial segregation in the United States in the mid-1950s. Martin Luther King inspired and empowered millions of people across the United States and the world. He changed the opinion of how the oppressed and segregated African-Americans saw themselves and how they were being seen in the world. Martin Luther King was the president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. It was through his inspiring speeches and social activism that the Civil rights movement could end the legal segregation that the African Americans faced since the end of the Civil war and the emancipation of the slaves.