Once his journey was over and he published his book which led to many questions raised about how negroes were really treated. This is because Griffin displayed all the unfairness and treatments in his journal and publicized it to the world on what really happened in the South. In the beginning of the book, Griffin first established the word “niggers” plastered on every sign. Yet the signs had different meanings, such as no blacks, while others meant negroes allowed, but separate from whites.
The RMS Titanic is one of the most famous ocean liners that has sailed the Atlantic. She was the largest ship of it’s time and was ironically nicknamed the “unsinkable” ship. No one would know the irony of that statement until her first and last voyage from Southampton, England to New York City. On the morning of April 15th, 1912 the Titanic collided with an iceberg. After 2 hours and 40 minutes of her hull filling with water, her stern rose up into the air and broke in two before sinking in the great Atlantic.
The white man’s happiness cannot be purchased by the black man’s misery.” Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, or better known as Frederick Douglass, was an African-American who supported the abolition of slavery in the nineteenth century. Slave-born of an unknown father, Frederick Douglass taught himself how to write and read- even though it was a crime for black people to learn- and became one of the most eloquent orator, and writer during the nineteenth century. With his great passion of wanting to demolish slavery, he gained thousands and thousands of black people, and even white people, who supported him in the abolition of slavery. His antislavery not only reached the United States, but even Great Britain.
RMS Titanic Sinked The ‘unsinkable’ ship RMS Titanic has hit an iceberg and sank on April 14, with the death of more than 1500 people. The second of three biggest ships— RMS Titanic was heading Queenstown (Cobh) in Ireland. On April 10, 1912. passengers boarded Titanic.
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).
Song of Solomon, set between the 1930s and the 1960s, alludes to many milestones for black culture in the 20th century: the rise of the New Deal Coalition, the Civil Rights Movement, the Black Power Movement, etc. We rarely meet any white characters, but we know that an oppressive white world exists just outside the black world. The few times that white characters do enter the novel, the consequences are immediate and devastating. White people in Song of Solomon are a source of harm for black people: Macon Dead I is murdered by a wealthy white family, and Guitar’s father dies in a factory accident because of his white boss’s negligence. One form that blacks’ racism against other blacks takes is economic.
It took a long time for African-Americans to be accepted into society, but Mark Twain foreshadowed their acceptance with the behavior of Huckleberry Finn. In a popular young adult novel titled Divergent, the main character Tris lived in a society where everyone was categorized into different factions. Tris was the exception to the system and found out she fit into more than one category. Characters that fell into multiple categories were called Divergent and were killed. Tris hid her identity and helped to dissolve the faction system.
Nat Turner was a popular religious leader among his yellow slaves and he had taught himself to read and write. He led a group of followers on a brief and that resulted in the death of at least 55 whites. Also, Harriet Tubman courageously made 19 trips back into the South during the 1850s to help other enslaved people escape and cause of that she was known as the ''Moses of her people'' for leading slaves to freedom in the North. Federick Douglass was also an African American leader who was born into slavery and gained freedom when they fled to the North. Whoever got to the North was pretty much lucky cause getting to the North was impossible, especially from the Deep South.
“The Harlem Renaissance and the Blues” Birthed in the Mississippi Delta, the blues would have un-denying roots from the South. However, long before any form of blues genre came about, slave music expressed the sorrows of the African American experience. At the turn of the 20th century black communities in the south continued the tradition of musical expression by performing in small shacks all around the Delta. It was in these juke joints, that famous artist such as Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters first performed. With the cotton industry taking a turn for the worst many African Americans were living very undesirable.
The ability to use words to share ideas dates back to before religion existed, and yet look at what the Men and Women of Color have achieved in their short 300 years. Since 1741, men of color used their ability to reason and orate to share the horrors of slavery, banding together, often under the torture and scrutiny of the white government that oppressed them. Rhetoric of color has seen the fall of slavery, the fall of segregation, tougher laws against racism, the rise of the Civil Rights movement, and the beginning of the #blacklivesmatter movement. For a group of individuals who were once deemed three-fifths of a person, they have accomplished much. One main accomplishment that began before the Civil Rights Movement was the registration of black voters.
In New York City, the Lusitania was sailing to new England but they did not know that Germans said that,”If any ship is sailing England, will be sunk. ”Many people died in this attack at sea. 1198 people died, and only 761 people survived”. The day they got on the boat, Elsie was excited to get to the ship. The author help the reader empathize, for example the author said ,“Elsie must have gazed in wonder at the Lusitania’s four towering steel funnels, which gleamed in the rays of sunshine that briefly pierced the gray clouds.