Kindred (1979), written by Octavia E. Butler, is a book about history, slavery, and a love story all in one. The book begins with the results of what happens to Dana the main character. In the year 1976, Dana (a black woman) and Kevin her new white husband move in together in Southern California. During the move Dana was the one putting all their belongings in their new place, while Kevin was admiring his new office space when he decided to stop helping out. In the midst of that process Dana got dizzy and felt a little uneasy, and before she knew what was happening all the surrounding around her faded away. When Dana regained her consciousness, she found herself in the early 1800s in Maryland. Why is Dana drawn to the past, and how does the
In the reading from We Are Your Sisters: Black Women in the Nineteenth Century, Dorothy Sterling explores the many experiences of mainly African American women during the period of the Reconstruction era. Sterling states “whites put aside random acts of violence in favor of organized terror.” She focuses a lot on those experiences that involves the Ku Klux Klan (who were the organization responsible for these organized terror) and in a way, it seems fair because they were the main perpetrators of hate crimes against the African American community.
In Ida B. Wells’ works Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in All Its Phases and A Red Record, Ida B. Wells argues against the lynching of African Americans of the time. Wells’ uses many strategies and techniques to make her arguments as convincing as possible throughout her works. She also uses clear language and well-structured sentences to make it clear what she is arguing. Ida B. Wells makes sure to use statistics and offers rebuttals to the opposing side’s point of view to strengthen her argument. Wells presents these arguments by isolating and clearly stating the problem, giving descriptive and specific examples, using statistics, and offering rebuttals.
In America culture, the legal system has provided an equal criminal justice system no matter the race, gender, sexuality, religion, and culture. The death penalty is one of the heaviest debatable topic throughout history. Liberals question the mortality of ending someone life whether it’s a pleasant or virtually unethical ending. Many organizations have dedicated their life to discontinue the death penalty. Ever since the case of Furman vs. The State of Georgia; the legal system has established a guidelines and rules in order to receive the death penalty.
Thesis Statement : Capital Punishment is a very controversial topic around the globe. I believe that it does more harm than good and breeds violence in society.
One day a mob stands in front of the narrator’s father, Atticus, and threatens him that they will kill his defendant. Atticus, a white attorney, spends his night in front Tom Robinson’s cell, who is really scared. Atticus faces the mob which comes and tries to lynch the accused rapist. They feel the need to defend their white superiority with violence and obtain a judgement even before the legal trial. It was a widespread practice to lynch accused blacks in the South even before a fair trial. The possibility for men becoming a victim of a lynching mob and for women being raped by whites was high. Linked to the decreasing standard of living and the fear of losing their position to blacks the number of men lynched in the 1930s “rose to an average of almost twenty per year.” (Johnson Without Tradition 4).
Da B. Wells-Barnett has written the book under review. The book has been divided into six chapters that cover the various themes that author intended to fulfill. The book is mainly about the Afro-Americans and how they were treated within the American society in the late 1800s.
Ida B. Wells had a huge impact for what set the mark for the Women 's Rights Movement. Her drive to help make sure her voice is heard as women. Not Just any women but a women of color. What she does provides a he impact on those who were willing to fight for their rights. Going through the diary of her life, she takes us through a journey of her life during Reconstruction.
Jeremiahs ' mother deceased and was cared for by his grandmother who is now deceased. The court gave custody to the aunt (Latanya), but she has not been living in the home. Latanya lives in Jackson, MS, with her boyfriend, and is employed in Vicksburg, MS. Latanya would visit the home in Vicksburg daily. Jeremiah is being whooped by the other aunt (LaShonda) with an extension cord and anything else. The last time the reporter knows of an incident to occur was a couple a weeks ago, and he did not know of any marks/bruises. That incident occurred when LaShonda 's daughter lied on Jeremiah. Jeremiah sleeps on the floor or the couch. The home is not cleaned and has a lot of rats. A month ago, the reporter killed a snake in Latanya 's room. When
David Oshinksy’s most recent book, Capital Punishment on Trial: Furman v. Georgia and the Death Penalty in Modern America, focuses on the extremely controversial yet important issue of capital punishment in the United States. Oshinsky’s text covers the debated topic in a scholarly yet concise way. With the text being a mere 125 pages, he covers the prolonged, contentious history of the death penalty. At the beginning of the book, Oshinsky describes what occurred in the early hours of August 11, 1967. William Micke was suddenly murdered in the hallway of his house by William Henry Furman, a disabled, illiterate 24 year old who had a troubled past with law enforcement. Furman was charged with felony murder and was sentenced to death for the crime
Throughout history America has struggled with finding effective and ethical ways of punishing people for their wrong doings. Between the years of 1882 and 1968 the act of lynching was widely used to execute criminals and this time period was known as the lynching era. One newspaper article published by the Fort Worth gazette informs about the events of a crime and how lynching was used to punish the accused criminal. The second article consists of letters that were exchanged between the governor of Texas and the police sheriff, in which they discussed the legal action that was to be done to the criminal. This paper focuses on the shaping of America’s criminal justice system and how crime cases such as the Henry Smith case helped do just that.
Female gang members have been around nearly as long as the inception of the first gangs, however they have never been held to the same standard as the male gang members. Female gang members have always been looked down upon and never taken seriously, mostly because they are considered to be inferior to the male members. This can be a very dangerous assumption, because this forces the females to prove their worth and make the point that they too have a place in the gang community.
In the late nineteenth century and the mid twentieth century, the plague of lynching that fascinated the Southern conditions of America, decades after the Civil War and the finish of subjugation, speaks to one of the darkest stains upon American history, that has frequently been the subject of history literature. Lynch law, as Flora and MacKethan state, alludes to common residents, who accept the privilege to execute individuals they judge blameworthy of a specific wrongdoing. The wrongdoing in these cases was frequently "just being an African American" and lynching here represents the "procedure of doing the judgment" (464). Activists like Ida B. Wells and Frederick Douglass went up against the assignment of recording such despicable practices, of these Southern abhorrences. Frederick Douglass portrays what lynching law implied as well as the impacts and slants it brings out as takes after:
During the 19th and 20th centuries, women relentlessly faced discrimination throughout most of their lives, and society considered them unequal to men. The authors Kate Chopin, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and Susan Glaspell wrote about the suppression of women during this time, exposing the unequal treatment that they suffered. Their literary works contain common themes of freedom from the discrimination and harsh treatment of male figures that played a prominent role throughout their lives. In these stories, the main characters freed themselves from unhappy marriages, the inability to express ideas and emotions, and abuse. Through the use of symbolism in Chopin’s “Story of an Hour,” Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper,” and Glaspell’s “A Jury of
Ida B. Wells-Barnett was a journalist and newspaper editor who stood against inequality. She was an anti-lynching activist whose goal was to expose the truth of the injustice that occurred in the South. During the Reconstruction Era, from 1865 to 1877, the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments were ratified to abolish slavery, ensure citizenship and equal rights, and grant African Americans men the right to vote. Although the Reconstruction Era was a time of progression for African Americans, nonetheless what followed was a period of social injustice because of intense racial discrimination, extralegal punishment, and false accusations that led to death.