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. We can claim that Rhys’s main aim was to remove Bertha from the character of the non-identified wife locked away in Thornfield, give her the proper soul and identity, inform about her childhood and youth, thus the reader will understand her state of mind in Jane Eyre and will not consider her only the insane Rochester’s wife, but as Antoinette Cosway.
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.
But due to the fact that Rita was of mixed race it was viewed as a crime to be living with a Portuguese second lieutenant without being married. 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
Family of Eliza was successfully escaped, while Uncle Tom was castigated atrociously to death by his master. 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.
In addition, “Hoodoo which refers to an African traditional folk magic and Obeah derived from Central and West African origins,”(Tucker). 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
However, she had been given doses of morphine to help calm her nerves after the murders of her father and his wife. 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.
When Mary died after a five year reign she was married to Philip II of Spain, childless, and England was in major debt from wars between Spain and France. 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.