Many sources such as the Gettysburg Address, by Lincoln and the speech Ain’t I a Woman? By Sojourner Truth are good examples. The effects of the Civil War are the causing of question the meaning of freedom and the idea of slavery and women 's suffrage. Many Americans were questioning the true meaning of freedom and what that meant to the nation
Morgan compares the historical account of black women in the antebellum south who were considered oversexed mistresses and whores to white slave masters. She exposes the brutality of black women, as they were considered strong for to taking it. This unrealistic myth of a strong black woman continues today while ignoring the fact they are not exempt from pain, they learn to adapt for survival. According to Morgan, black women are just as endangered as black men with illness, drugs and death. In the section of endangered black men, Morgan is unsympathetic of the black woman’s attitude toward black men and believes they are no difference than a white racist by not seeing the black men’s beauty and worth.
Overall, the southerns treated blacks unfairly and without any respect. However, the northerners felt as if slavery should end and that is what all of the individuals had fought
During this era, women weren’t always granted the privilege of having the education they deserved, so most women didn’t go to school, and were caretakers for White families, as shown in the movie. The identities that intend to consume this movie are, age, specifically older generations, both people of color, as well as White people, and mostly women, as far as gender identities go. This movie represents low-medium culture, solely based around the fact that it takes place during the Civil Rights movement, and as the audience, you need a slight knowledge on what happened during that era to understand why black women were treated differently, and didn’t get equal opportunity as everyone else. The potential impacts of the messages on individuals and their identities is to feel a sense of empowerment among black women who see Aibileen standing up for herself in the movie, as she is being mistreated by the family she takes care of. Although I was young when I watched this movie, it still had an impact on me, regardless if it was meant for my social identities or not.
Professor James T. Downs gave an interesting lecture on the masking of epidemics after the civil war. His take on the Harriet Ann Jacobs’ story was something that extremely captivated me because I had not known much about her story. Harriet Ann Jacobs exposed the reality of what it meant to be a slave and gave a different perspective from that of Harriet Beecher Stowe. Despite all, she did to expose the conditions that former slaves lived in, and the progress that she helped create in the 19th century, many whites did not believe that Jacobs wrote her own story. This was due to the basis that she was poor and black.
He believed that things would never truly be equal due to the color line, or as he referred to it, “the veil”. Despite American’s efforts to assist slaves in the transition to a free black American citizen, they just did not feel accepted. The Freedmen’s Bureau was set up in hopes that this would ease the transition but it didn’t help. This relates back to “the veil” the Du Bois refers to. The veil represents the African American’s feelings of inequality and inability to mesh with the white American citizens.
Resistance to Racism Resistance to racism is the refusal to accept or comply with prejudice or discrimination based on someone’s race. African Americans have experienced displacement and racism since 1619, when slavery first began in America (History.com). In the book “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou, an African American women who grew up alongside her family whom throughout their lives have experienced displacement in society in America. After reading this book it led me to question, To what extent does the racial displacement of African Americans in America still exist today? Maya Angelou has been through thick and thin to find a balance in society and still to this day there is a need for resistance to racism.
For most of history, we have lived in a patriarchal society, where men have been the rulers and the leaders. Women in general have always been second in society, especially women of color. During the colonization area, women were going to the new homeland to start a new life for them and their families. The gender norms of the time were to be the husband was the bread winner and went out and the women stayed home and took care of the children. Throughout this colonization time, certain women were challenging their status quo and paving the way for more women to have more rights in society.
In the novel “Roll of Thunder,” Papa says to Stacey, “Far as I’m concerned friendship between black and white don’t mean much cause it usually ain’t on an equal basis.” His statement denotes that although people may believe that the two races could be friends the laws separating them mean they would never have a true and equal friendship. The history of black slavery demonstrates how they were thought of as less human and therefore treated accordingly. Although slavery was abolished, the generational racism and the beliefs of people who thought blacks were less human meant that they were avoided and segregated by the Jim Crow’s Laws that were specifically put in place to divide the two races.
Oppression is the subjugation from one group to another group, and being depressed is being denied the human right to be equal. Equality should never be viewed as an unattainable ideal for any individual as no one is free while others are still oppressed. It is crucial to recognize that women also existed within civilization as the others, alongside Native Americans. This information is important to awknowledge when identifying that the others within society were outcasted not only due to their complexion, but also due to gender. In earlier times, women “had been taught to consider domestic duties as the first temporal duties of [their] sex” (Belasco and Johnson 670).
Another major factor that led to the Civil war was the social status and views at the time. The North and South had very different social views. In the North, while a good amount of the people owned slaves, many of them began to see it as wrong and inhumane. They also began to believe that they no longer needed slaves to do work for them and that the slaves should have freedom, as well as their own rights. But even with the North beginning to want to change things, slaves were still not treated like human beings most of the time.
Women in this time were expected to be pure and pias. Women also did not plage a huge role in how history was being written. Black women specifically were double oppressed due to the fact that they were a woman and black. Distinctions that Zinn cited between white and black female oppression were obviously the racial bias, and the class condition and class bias. Women have always been held behind men in society but as a black women you were extra behind.
“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” -Abraham Lincoln. As this quote says, our ancestors’ intention for this land was that all humans would be treated the same way; equal. But this world didn’t end up like they wanted.
“A house divided against itself cannot stand -- I believe this government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free” (Riggs 1). In the 1850’s the North’s economy and the South’s economy were very different from each other. The North relied on industries and had no need for slavery. While the South mostly relied on agriculture and slavery. After many disagreements over slavery it led to the Civil War.
Slaves were the foundation of the Southern regions economy, therefore slaves would resist in subtle ways to avoid punishment and to fight against their economic exploitation. To minimize production slave would fake illnesses and brake tools. In other cases, blacks would runaway to other plantations to see loved ones, but would come back.it wasn’t until 1831 Nat Turner devised the most violent rebellion, a vision he had “of a battle between ‘white spirits and black spirits’ that would commence when the ‘sun darkened’” (Keene). Whites portrayed his rebellion to the public as “unsympathetically” and that their goal was to “attack defenseless woman and children, however Turner promoted his vision claiming he was given a “divine sign that the time for