Tera Hunter Essay

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Jordan Rumfelt Dr. Judson Women In the City 09-26-14 Essay 4 The effects of the Civil War—on individuals—was almost impossible to predict considering how unstable the environment was. It was evident that African-Americans would gain more freedom and that men would come home to their families, in which women had taken numerous jobs. When people think of oppression they always think of African-Americans, but women in general never gain the observance that is deserved. Since the beginning of time, women have been oppressed and thought to be less worthy than that of a male. The late 19th century and early 20th century was a time period in which both African-Americans and women in general were experiencing opportunities for advancement and change within society. I would argue that in both To Joy My Freedom and When Ladies Go A’Thieving women were challenging the role that women belonged in the house, while their reasons for challenging this role differed. Women and African-American’s were seen as subordinates in the late 19th and early 20th century, and the African-American women experienced double-trouble, so to speak. While it is fair to examine the comparisons between women in general, it is equally as fair to note the role that race played. In To Joy My Freedom, by Tera Hunter it is clear the oppression that African-American’s were still facing in the South. Both African-American women and men were moving into the city of Atlanta for economical relief and for safety from the racism of the rural south. In When Ladies Go A’Thievin’, by Elain Abelson provides the scene of urban, middle-class women in the North. In both pieces of writing it is evident that women were searching for a new identity outside the home. Hunter exclaims “African-American men and women were seeking to achieve economic independence and well-being…” African-Americans working normal jobs
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