The Role Of Women In The African-American Community

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Role of the female in the African-American community
The first major role-change for females in the African-American community occurred in 1619, when the first African slaves were brought to the North American colony of Jamestown, Virginia, to aid in the production of such profitable crops as tobacco (History, “Slavery In America”). Slavery was practiced right through in the American colonies in the 17th and 18th centuries, and African-American slaves helped build the economic foundations of the new nation. The African female was attributed not only economic responsibilities when purchased as a slave. Sexual duties and childbearing were of primary importance to the plantocracy and white men were bewilderingly drawn to the ‘foreign charms’ of African womanhood (Chihos, “The Role of Women in Slave Communities”). Therefore, not all images of African women were so negative; in fact there were many favorable accounts of black women’s attractiveness. The modern sexuality of African-American females is arguably historically constructed from a range of stereotypes, theories and misconceptions about black women on a whole that began as a result of ingrained principles established during slavery (Academia, "The Historical Construction of Black Female Sexuality"). This role is demonstrated through several characters in Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, mainly Pecola Breedlove and Claudia MacTeer.
Pecola is the protagonist of the novel; she is an eleven-year-old black girl who wishes to

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