Throughout history Americans have experienced many turning points that have influenced political and social change. Two turning points that influenced political and social change were the Women’s Suffrage Movement and the Civil Rights Movement. The Women’s Suffrage Movement’s main goal was to finally give women the right to vote. The Women’s Suffrage Movement can be compared to Prohibition, another movement that influenced change, because both began do to the status of women in the United States, and resulted in a social change in the societal view of woman. The Civil Rights Movement’s effects can be compared to the Civil War, a war fought between the North and the South over the issue of slavery, because both resulted in a change in the social and political status of African Americans.
Throughout history, mothers have made countless sacrifices for their children, sacrifices that have sometimes cost the women their lives. Black women had to think about things that white women during this time period didn’t have to think about: the status of their children as a slave or as a free person. Because I had only read the slave experience from the story of a male, I was completely blind to the many and difficult sacrifices that women made for their children. I think that the only way a person can truly develop a detailed understanding of how slavery affected African Americans is by reading a story from a woman 's
Turner killed more than 60 whites including women and children during the rebellion. Nat Turner believed he was chosen by god, and Harriet believed in god but did not think she was chosen. On the other hand Nat had no siblings and his father is unknown while Harriet had eight and her father was Ben Ross. All in all, both Nat turner and Harriet Tubman besides them both being slaves had many differences and similarities that affected many people good and badly. In Conclusion, harriet Tubman was an influential abolitionist leading many to freedom and saving lives for both slaves and soldiers.
In the year of 1873, Susan B. Anthony had been arrested for casting an illegal vote at the last presidential election. This time period was known as the Women’s Rights Movement. Many women were beginning to acknowledge that they were treated unfairly by society’s standards against them, and had began to stand up for themselves and their fellow women. At this time, women were not allowed to vote. Most were stay-at-home mothers because men did not find them suitable for most jobs the men accommodated, and society discouraged them from even getting a real education.
She had hoped it would convince the South and the North that slavery was wrong, but sadly more people supported slavery then against. Her family’s abolitionists beliefs and activity in the “ Underground Railroad” directed her to where she was in 1852 when she wrote a novel telling the stories of three slaves that would split the country into controversy. Uncle Tom’s Cabin told the stories of Uncle Tom, Eliza, and George. In her book Harriet displayed the struggles of runaway slaves and the troubles black slaves had to face everyday with slavery. In only two weeks it’s popularity had grew and it became the outbreak of the nation.
The only job that women were allowed to do was to help their husbands in their farms. But that all had changed when the United States went into wars and men had to go fight for the country. Women began to occupy a few jobs like working in munition factories or becoming the angels of mercy and working as nurses to relieve the soldiers’ pain. That was the starting point for women to begin demanding to work like men. Although occupied few jobs for very low pay, women were still not considered a part of the work force and they did not have any formal workplace rights and usually faced discrimination and unfair treatment from the other gender.
Alex Haley's Queen is a autobiographical movie about the famous writer grandmother, Queen. Like many other slaves, Queen was a biracial slave. To be specific, you could not tell Queen was black woman, she took after her white father. A few Issues from the Movie Racial Identity Queen had a issues with racial identity. When leaving her hometown to strike out on her own (after the Civil War), Queen passed a white lady.
KKK member also played a huge factor in the gender roles. African Americans were allowed to vote however they were intimidated fear their lives to both so it was useless. Newly freed slaves were aided through the usage of federal laws and constitutional amendments. Former slaves were enabled to vote, own property, legally marriage, receive and education and file lawsuits. This extended the power of the newly freedmen.
Like many African American men, some of the women leaped at the opportunity for adventure by voluntarily participating to fight the civil war. Historians have demented nearly 250 female soldiers who participated in the civil war. Majority of these African American women joined the fight with their male relatives or husbands and their intake was motivated by numerous factors such as thirsty for adventure, the desire to accompany their fiancées, dedication to earn money for their families among others (Blanton and Wike,
However, despite being an ardent abolitionist during the Civil War who fought for the emancipation of all slaves , her liberal feminist theory was tainted by a marked strain of racism and elitism that became more conspicuous as she started pressing for women’s suffrage . This marked strain of racism within Stanton’s rhetoric for women’s suffrage can be exemplified by quotation from a letter of hers to the editor of the National Slavery Standard. In this letter, Stanton claimed that “the representative women of the nation” had done their best to free “the negro”, but “as the celestial gate to civil rights is slowly moving on its hinges, it becomes a serious question whether [the representative women of the nation] had better stand aside and see ‘Sambo’ walk into the kingdom first .” Sambo was used as a derogatory term for African American
Daughters of an affluent slave owner in Charleston South Carolina, they began by speaking to female audiences. Soon after, they were giving speeches to men and women. These speeches created controversy everywhere the Grimke sisters went. In 1837 in Massachusetts, an association of the state’s most popular Congregational church issued a statement condemning any women “who so far forget themselves as to itinerate in the character of public lecturers and teachers.” Attacks made against them spurred the Grimke’s to make the equality of women a more important part of their message. They began to write and speak about women’s rights as well as abolitionism, a decision which would soon help to split the abolition movement.
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. Throughout her early life, Ida was born during the civil war, which according to historian James West Davidson, "During a civil war which we have used to define one another, slave versus free, which is being eliminated from the United States"(12). The civil war also meant the Emancipation proclamation which meant a lot to the Wells family. The proclamation helped free slaves during Lincolns presidency.
By the time Harper was 25, the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 was passed, which greatly increased Northern involvement in slavery. Before that point, most Northerners took a position of apathy, but after this point, they could not ignore the issue. As a result, there was a lot of backlash, including the publishing of Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852), followed by John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry in 1859. When Abraham Lincoln was elected in 1860, the country was at its tipping point and South Carolina seceded shortly afterward, creating a domino effect until the Civil War started in 1861. After four years of war, the Emancipation Proclamation, and thousands of deaths on both sides, the Civil War was over which started a new period and system of race relations in America: Reconstruction.
In addition to abolition, Douglass became an outspoken supporter of women’s rights. In 1848, he was the only African American to attend the first women 's rights convention at Seneca Falls, New York. In support of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, women’s right to suffrage, contending that he could not accept the right to vote as a black man if women could not also claim that
Wells was born a daughter to slaves in Mississippi. Six months after her birth their family was declared free through the Emancipation Proclamation. However they faced racial prejudices and discrimination. James Well, her father was a part of the Freedman’s Aid Society, which organized teachers from the North to teach in the schools in the South for African Americans free and their children. Along with starting up Shaw University, another school for freed blacks, this is where Wells received her early schooling but dropped out at the age of 16 when both of her parents and one of her siblings died due to yellow fever; this left Wells to take care of her other siblings.