Elizabeth Freeman, in the Ashley’s eyes, was just the slave who cleaned the house. Elizabeth was born in 1742 to an enslaved mother and father. When she was only 6 months old, she was sold to the Ashley family to become a slave! Thirty years later, almost nothing had changed. She cleaned the house and swept the floors.
The Autobiography of Bessie Coleman… From the Grave I stepped out of the house and took a deep breath. Today was the day… In Atlanta, Texas in the year of 1892, I, Bessie Coleman, was born on the 26th day of January. I’m sure you know this, but the south wasn’t an easy place for the African-Americans and being a woman… well, that made it even harder. My parents were sharecroppers and I was the tenth of thirteen children, but not all of my siblings survived. Sounds rough.
Frederick Douglass, the most successful runaway slave that ever was. Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey was born directly into slavery in Talbot County, Maryland to his mother, Harriet Bailey and his father, who is said to be Anthony Aaron . His birth year is thought to be around 1818 however the exact date is unknown. He later chose to celebrate his birthday on February 14th. He began his early stages of life living with his maternal grandmother, Betty Bailey, but a relatively young age, he was forced to live on a plantation with plantation owners, one of which was thought to be his father.
Wilmer McLean and the Annoying War Wilmer McLean could not escape the Civil war. His plantation ravaged by battle twice, forcing him to move south, only to have General Lee surrender in his front parlor. He could rightfully claim, “The war began in my front yard and ended in my front parlor.” Not much is known about Wilmer McLean’s early life, as he was, in history’s eye, mostly insignificant. He operated the Kerr & McLean wholesale and retail grocery in Yorkshire, a county in Virginia named after home county of English native Richard Blackburn who had established the plantation in the early 1700s, and was unmarried until he was 38. Not once did he expect to have himself and his household haunted by an upcoming war.
Stow underscored the plot of Uncle Tom's Cabin with her main goals; including convincing her fellow Northerner's of the evil in the institution of slavery; helping readers empathize with all slaves; and emphasizing that slavery causes even righteous men and women to do unspeakable acts. Unsurprisingly, the novel caused a colossal amount of criticism. In the south, white slave owners regarded the book with outrage for its condemnation of their way of life, and even initiated the publication of "anti-Uncle Tom" novels (Railton 2). Despite extreme opposition from the South, Stowe's novel resonated with a great audience and became a runaway best seller in the North and the world. Within the first week of its release, Uncle Tom's Cabin sold an astronomical amount of 10,000 copies, and roughly 300,000 more in the North alone by the end of the year (Robins 2).
The first black woman to receive a degree in psychology despite her circumstances. Inez Beverly Prosser was born to Samuel and Veola Beverly on December 30th, Although her exact birth year is unknown some records indicated the year 1895. Prosser was born in Yoakum, Texas and was the second oldest of eleven children (Benjamin, 2008), her family was known to move around along the gulf coast in search of a better life and more educational opportunities. As u can imagine, growing up through the 19th century with racism and sexism there were very few educational opportunities for colored women and people. In spite of the odds placed against Prosser, she and all of her siblings graduated from high school, five of which also
“Carter G. Woodson was the sole individual responsible for creating Negro History Week in Washington, D.C., in February 1926” (Edmondson). Years later, President Ford extended the week into an entire month. It began as an infrastructure to help eradicate the neglection of African American history; nonetheless, over the years, there has been much debate concerning the annual celebration. Although Black History Month has received backlash from both African Americans and Caucasians, it is still a necessity in today’s life because it provides historical information that the youth cannot find in textbooks and recognizes neglected people who have fulfilled great actions. Historically, African American history has been deemed as an unimportant subject.
He was born into slavery, his mom was black but his father is known but most likely his father is his white master. His birth date is unknown but Frederick always celebrated it on February 14th. He worked with his mom until he was about ten years old. His mom had died when he was ten. He then was sent to Baltimore.
African American Literature was a way to escape the reality of what was happening to African Americans all around the world. With slavery and the dividing between white people and African Americans the only way to escape their lives. The first person to be brave enough to put their opinion of their situation was Lucy Terry who wrote a poem in 1746 (YouTube). “Bar Fight” by Lucy Terry was about men dying in a fight with the Indians and one person taken captive. The first book written was “Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Morals” by Phillis Wheatley published September 1, 1773 (Teaching African American Literature).
Kayleigh also has a cat named Cherokee. She adopted him from her mom 's work, Heritage Humane Society. On the other side of her neighborhood, Greensprings West, lives her grandparents. She will often go over there to hang out or eat delicious food. Kayleigh has seen Williamsburg evolve into the thriving town it is right now since she was a toddler and cannot wait
Frederick Douglass joined a black church and regularly attended abolitionist meetings. Douglass had told his story at the abolitionist meeting, after which he became a regular anti-slavery lecturer. William Lloyd Garrison, writer for The Liberator, wrote a story about Douglass. After which Douglass delivered his first speech at the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society 's annual convention. With the encouragement of Garrison, Douglass wrote and published his first autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, in 1845.
Suzanne had two older sisters and one older brother. Suzanne is now married to Charles Pryor. Since they have been married they have had two children. After college Suzanne went on to work on television, she wrote several children’s programs, such as Clarissa Explains It All and Little Bear. Soon after that her work have gotten notice and she was hired head writer of the children 's Program Generation O. Collin’s that was persuaded in writing her own books.