She was transported to America from her homeland of Gambia, Africa on a ship titled, The Phillis; were her name is thought to have derived from. During her life educated African American’s were rarely educated, not mention children of her age. It was thought that education could encourage the slaves to rebel and this is exactly not what the white owners wanted, as for most slaves were purchased to construct hard labor and take care of the house and children. Women of any color were behind the reins of those in control, and to see a woman publishing books was all too surreal. Wheatley got her education from her owners John, Susanne and their daughter Mary, an education and a since of confidence that she most likely would have This was truly like striking gold for Wheatley; she published her first poem at age twelve, "On Messrs. Hussey and Coffin."
During the time that Stowe had written this book, the North and the South were split culturally that had seemed that they were two different nations. Stowe used persistent irony in exposing the moral hypocrisies of slave trading. The first few chapters act upon the main themes of the book. The book emphasizes on how slavery is evil, but also talks about feminism and the religion aspects. Stowe uses women in the book to state points about slavery but she never lets them gain full authority over any situation.
In The History of Mary Prince, A West Indian Slave Related by Herself, she gave first-person account of the inhumane nature of slavery and impacts it has on human dignity. Born in 1788 in Brackish Pond, Bermuda, her mother was a slave in the household of Mr. Charles Myners, and her father belonged to a shipbuilder called Mr. Trimmingham. Mary prince experience with slavery started at the tender age of twelve when she was hired to a neighboring household. Prince narrated her story in order to make sure that the "good people in England might hear from a slave what a slave had felt and suffered" (Prince, p.1). Mary’s motivation for writing The History of Mary Prince, A West Indian Slave Related by Herself was to enlighten the English people about the dehumanizing nature of slavery.
In Maya Angelou’s memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, her everyday life is plagued by questions, confusion, and the pain of growing up in a world she doesn’t understand. One of the biggest sources of puzzlement in young Maya’s life is the separations occurring around her; both physical and mental. These separations include the rift between blacks and whites, her strange relationship with her parents, and the events that forced her from childhood to womanhood in an entirely ungraceful way, each adding to the image of a confused young girl in a big and relentless world. In the 1930’s, while slavery had been abolished for over sixty years, racism is still a large part of the American culture. One of the earliest examples of the separation of races in the book symbolizes the strict dichotomy of opportunity for black and white children.
I know why the caged bird sings is an bildungsroman autobiography about an intelligent young black girl, Maya Angelou, that due to her awareness is very self-conscious about herself. Her parents divorced when she was young and sent her and her older brother, Bailey, to live with their grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas (1930's), which is in the deep South of America, during a time of great racial injustice. They soon return to live with their Mother for a short while in California where they see a whole different life (1940's). Maya grew up during a time of maltreatment and the oppression of black people, which she was fully aware of. She grows up facing a display of racism not only from present experiences, like the KKK lynchings, but also from the ghosts of histories past such as the American civil war in the 1860's and slavery right up to and past their legal freedom in 1863 that came from the emancipation proclamation.
Wide Sargasso Sea Summary Wide Sargasso Sea begins in Jamaica after the Emancipation Act of 1833, under which Britain outlawed slavery in all its colonies. The first part of the novella is told from the point-of-view of Antoinette Cosway, a young white girl whose father, a hated former slaveholder, has died and left his wife and children in poverty. The family's estate, Coulibri, is quickly falling into ruin, and Antoinette's mother, Annette, is rapidly sinking into a deep depression. Since her mother frequently rejects her, Antoinette spends most of her time alone or with her black nurse, Christophine, one of the few servants who has not chosen to desert the struggling family. One day, for the first time in a long time, visitors come to Coulibri.
Antoinette's story begins when she is a young girl in early nineteenth century Jamaica; the white daughter of ex-slave owners, Alexander Cosway and Annette Cosway-Mason. Antoinette lives on a run-down plantation called Coulibri Estate; the deterioration of Coulibri Estate perhaps also mirrors the deterioration of the relationship between the white slave owners, the servants and islanders of Jamaica. The novel starts five years after the death of Antoinette’s father, Mr Cosway, who apparently “drank himself to death” (page 13). His death was supposedly due to the state of his finances after the launch of the Emancipation Act of 1833, which freed black slaves and led to the demise of many white slave owners. Throughout part one the hostility between the collapsing white upper classes and the disadvantaged servants they employ is apparent as the driving force behind Rhys’s initial chapter.
Sue Monk Kidd’s novel, “Secret Life of Bees,” based in South Carolina in the 1960s, explores a number of confronting and major issues, such as forgiveness and feminine power. It also explores the history of racism in America at this time, and the impacts and implications this had on the way many “coloured” people lived their lives. The story follows the life of Lily, a pre-adolescent girl, who has been through a lot after the death of her mother. This is mostly due to her father, whom she called T.Ray, ‘as daddy’ didn’t suit him. Rosaleen, Lily’s nanny is also a key character in this book, as she too escapes with Lily, as they attempt to escape from the hatred they have experienced.
But seven years after she was seized and sold into slavery, she was sent to work for another master—a diplomat working in the United Kingdom. In London, she managed to make contact with other Sudanese, who took pity on her. In September 2000, she made a dramatic break for freedom. One thing that made Mende’s story particularly stand out to me is that she is around the same age as me. This could really help me relate to her as her personality was no different to any other teenage girl.
She was also a feminist. Often, the genders of the character she created determine the fate of them. As to highlight the problem of women’s unequal status in the society and state the role of women during her time. Elizabeth, a childhood sweetheart of Victor, did not have the same equal rights and opportunities as Victor did. When Victor compares himself with Elizabeth, he says “I was capable of a more intense application, and was more deeply smitten with the thirst of knowledge.” Mary uses her character Elizabeth to review the lack of support and the demand for institutionalized education of girls in public, whereas Mary could only be home-educated by her father.