Bessie Smith, also known as the empress of the blues, was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920's. She was born on April 15, 1894 in Chattanooga Tennessee. Bessie smith was the daughter of Laura and William Smith, a Baptist minister, and was one of seven children. Her mother, father, and two brothers died before she was nine. To earn money, Bessie and her brother became street performers, with her dancing and singing and him playing the guitar.
The novel is a balladic, love story from ancient colonial times where Antoinette Cosway is portrayed as a parallel of a madwoman in the attic in Thornfield depicted in Jane Eyre. Jean Rhys complete the character of Antoinette by her own fantasy and personal experiences gained during her stay in Antillean islands where she heard about the madness of the Creole women, wealthy daughters of white slaveholders and black females, from the beginning of the nineteen century. In addition, these daughters of the decadent society hated by the ex-slaves were slowly languishing in the breathtaking beauty of the tropical nature. (Olexa, 1973) Moreover, Trevor Hope (2012) claims the Rhys’s novel is the reconstruction and revisitation of Brontë’s Jane Eyre.
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
After Rita was released from jail she married second lieutenant Bento Dias Chaves and had a daughter who became Rita’s sole heir. Chica da Silva was not only an icon for many Afro-Brazilians, but for women of color as a whole. Chica was able to use social and matrimonial strategies in order to achieve freedom and control over her own life. Today, Chica da Silva’s life has been retold in movie adaptations such as Xica de Silva and books such as Chic da Silva, A Brazilian Slave of the Eighteenth
Eliza was a mixed blood female slave, who was raised by Mrs. Shelby. After her marriage, her first and second children came to an untimely end of their lives. As a result, she loved her only son deeply . When she heard that her master wanted to sell her child to the slave trader, she was distressed enormously.
Voodoo is a mix between African beliefs along with Roman Catholic rituals/practices. In the 1600s Europeans came to Africa to look for slaves to work in the New World. Voodoo rituals are very intricate as people
Lizzie was seen burning a dress shortly after, claiming it was an old one that had been ruined with paint. Lizzie Borden was arrested on August 11, 1892 for the double homicide. Her trial began nearly a year later on June 5, 1893. The mangled skulls of Mr. and Mrs. Borden were unveiled in the courtroom as evidence, thus causing such a shock that Lizzie fainted at the sight of them. Lizzie never took the stand during her trial.
Mary I was also the original Bloody Mary because she killed thousands of protestants. Elizabeth wept at Mary’s deathbed but no one knows if it was for her dead sister or because she knew how hard it would be to be
In Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, the long-lasting effects of slavery have taken a toll on Janie Crawford. Janie’s grandmother was raped by her master and had a child named Leafy. Leafy, although not born into slavery, endured a similar fate, which led her to run away, leaving her mother to raise her child, Janie. Janie’s appearance, showing strong European features, was both praised and shamed by society. This double standard was created by racism and was able to remain present due to segregation.
Throughout the generation, women have always been trapped in some way or another. In the short story, ‘The Yellow Wall-Paper’ and the novel ‘The Awakening’ highlights the struggle of women in the late 1800’s and the early 1900s in society. The Yellow wallpaper is a short story about women giving birth and being imprisoned in a room with a weird view of the yellow wall-paper. This resulted in her hallucination lead to the development of mental illness. By the end of the story, she rips off the yellow wallpaper and kills her husband.
One of the well-known figures is Harriet Jacobs. Just Like Frederick Douglass, she was born a slave in 1813 in North Carolina. She had the opportunity to be educated by her owner. Jacobs left to a relative afther the death of the woman who owned her. She suffered from the sexual abuse of her master when she was a teenager.
Marie Tallchief was an indian girl from Oklahoma she had a passion of dance. She started when she was three years old. She was born in 1925 and spent some of her childhood in the Osage reservation in Oklahoma. Ballet brought her out of her shell it made her happy. She would always get bullied because her last name because she was indian.
1.a There are many ways which my childhood was different when compared to a Yucatec Maya childhood. In the first example, the children enjoyed working around the house and would ask for more responsibilities to show their competence in doing work. Growing up, I would do all that I could so I wouldn’t have to do chores and I would never have asked for more work. I would do the least amount of chores that I could while staying out of trouble while the Yucatec children would do as much housework as their parents let them. Even when I did do chores, I didn’t want to and didn’t enjoy doing them.
Today, politics is a subject area that many people avoid discussing. The question is, what do you do when a family member supports something that makes you question their sanity? Depending on the family situation, this might develop a great strain on their relationships. This can cause families to become estranged and distant. Through the use of flashback plotting in the book Dreaming in Cuban, we can see that the Cuban Revolution aided in the division of Celia’s family.