The Emancipation Proclamation is a historic document written by President Abraham Lincoln. This document stated that of January 1, 1863, all slaves will be freed from seceding states. Many, such as Clement L. Vallandigham believe that the Emancipation Proclamation is a worthless act; however, people such as Frederick Douglas believe the Emancipation Proclamation was an accomplishment (Dudley 168). The Emancipation Proclamation is an achievement because it is an important document trying to free the slaves and avenges those who have died for freedom. Frederick Douglas, a former slave, was known in the Union as an abolitionist, writer, and speaker (Dudley 168).
As mentioned in Robinsons article “Black women are magic (par. 1). What really wanted to say is that they know how to protect themselves from the public being so cruel to them. Beyonce has really gained so much respect for her pop music fans and also the society as a whole. As a scholar, I can say that with the words and performance she has set for the album was really a great piece to give the readers some room to make comperisons .
The story “The View from the Bottom Rail” is set at the time of the ending of the Civil War when slaves about to be freed from their masters. Knowing that the Union soldiers were close, the slave master would paint the soldier as “long horns on their head, and tushes (pointed teeth) in their mouths, and eyes sticking out like a cow!” (Davidson & Lytle, p. 177). Obliviously, this wasn’t true. With freedom coming, some slaves were still loyal to their masters. Yet, the slave masters still consider slaves to be the bottom rail of society.
Is it worth risking everything in order to be happy? In the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, an African American woman named Janie makes many challenging decisions in order to be happy. This novel takes place in the 1920’s which creates many obstacles that Janie must overcome in order to achieve happiness. There are many stereotypes and inequalities during this time that make life extremely difficult for Janie. Although Janie allows others to mistreat her at points throughout the novel, she is overall an excellent role model for young readers because she overcomes several stereotypes of African American females during this time period, and she makes many difficult decisions based solely on her own happiness.
Lena Horne Actress and Activist Lena Horne was a star who broke racial barriers. In a suppressive 1900s America, an African American woman was determined to step into the limelight to defy the racial standards of her time. She faced an uphill battle trying to create a career from her childhood, with little support from her own family, let alone a white dominated industry. When she finally proved to be an astonishing performer and struck a deal with a major Hollywood studio, she was still held back by racial segregation laws still in effect in the south. Horne recognized her influence and used her talents to go from actress to activist.
She has the determination to work hard and get what she is longing after. The chorus then says “Okay, ladies, now let's get in formation, cause I slay” which is her way to call out to all the black women to stand up against injustices, the fight for women’s liberation and the stereotypes which the media has portrayed about them. By addressing the racism in the music industry, and how it has affected those of color. When in power- Black women are often seen as rude, loud, shrill or just plain bitchy, for a lack of a better term. Black women have to jump hurdles in order to get well-deserved respect and power while a white woman can just jog to it.
In Robinsons letter to the president he addressed how the world just keeps saying be patient and then wouldn’t do anything, he called out the president on how he isn’t helping everyone, he is hurting everyone. (Robinson, letter) and (Wilson,web). Robinson’s impact on society portrayed his legacy as a great one and made people realize that he was a hero, but also that everyone can be a hero. Jackie Robinson truly has left an impact as the man who broke the color barrier. Withstanding all hate that was thrown at him and doing it while keeping a smile on his face and inspiring others.
“Created the first income tax in order to finance Union expenses in the Civil War”. If he never created a tax system we would not have roads, parks, good hospitals et cetera. Abraham abolished slavery by signing the 13th amendment. Abraham Lincoln also stated these great 5 words at Gettysburg Address "all men are created equal." Those words were so memorable that we remember them
My Captain!” is an example of a threnody, which is a lament or elegy for the dead. Walt Whitman was inspired by Abraham Lincoln, whom he considered to be the greatest patriot who ever lived. He was devastated by the fact that President Lincoln was killed before he could see the country being united again and receiving any honors for his part in that. Whitman uses metaphors to convey the description of the Civil War era. He depicts America as a ship, the Civil War as a journey, and President Lincoln as the captain of the ship.
Resistance to oppression is a fluid theme throughout these two works of literature, Angelou in Still I rise, An ode to the power that brews in us all to overcome our most difficult circumstances, and is truly an inspiration to all homestayers in the sixties no matter Their race. “She speaks not only for herself but also for her gender and race. This extension of self occurs in Angelou's autobiographies and protest poetry” (Hagen 118). Her status as being a powerful black woman in the house, portrays her self confidence to override anything that puts her down as she will always exceed to rise up. While on the other hand Susan Rawlings in To Room Nineteen saw suicide as her only outlet to her lack of freedom in her marriage.
He later proclaimed Emancipation proclamation that freed all the slaves in the rebellious states but left hose at the borders in bondage. This one of his greatest achievement in his term as the president. Moreover, he gave a delivery speech at the dedication ceremony that has also been a speech that is widely quoted. After his term, he faced a tough reelection battle from the Democrats. To him, he advocated for malice towards none and charity for all.
Then there was Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk who met their career demise in the early nineteen forties. But Williams, in continuing to outdo herself, also outdid these heroes of her time in several crucial respects: she played better in her sixties than she ever did, reaching an artistic fulfillment in the nineteen-seventies that was due to the triple coincidence of external circumstances of the music world, those of her personal life, and those of her own creative evolution (The New Yorker). I admire Mary Lou Williams’s strength, persistence and talent, what did in her era was monumental. Being a woman. African-American, composing and arranging music; as well as leading a band was not a common thing back in her time.
“I shall see this day and its popular characteristics from the slave’s point of view” (Douglass). Everyone is human, so they should all have the same human rights, but slaves were stripped from them all. Fourth of July was set upon to celebrate the freedom won after the war, yet there were still millions of people who were not free. Frederick Douglass does not believe that he, along with other African Americans, should celebrate Fourth of July because they were not included in the freedom that was won. Douglass simply reminded everyone that just because the Declaration of Independence was signed, there were still slaves in the world.
Anna Mae Bullock better known for her stage name as Tina Turner was born in 1939 in Tennessee. She is the mother and queen of rock and pop music. Her music enlightened and motivated everyone . Coming from being a featured singer with Ike turner, she renamed herself Tina turner and that is when she became fierce and unstoppable. Tina Turner did not bloom as well as a solo artist but she always gave her fans more and more music to love.
The year is 1929. America “the beautiful” is attempting to heal the wounds that came with the involvement of the First World War. But internally, festering scars still remain from the Civil War. Abraham Lincoln’s iconic proclamation that all men were created equal proved a turning point in United States history and the country bled with the lives lost in the conflict for this God-given right. However, though the law declared slavery abolished, prejudice continued to run deep in the hearts of individuals and the cultural ways of living.