The sexual relationship forced on the African women is illustrative of the “unhealthy institution which [smothered] all sense of decency in women” (Children of God’s Fire, p. 140). It diminishes the sense of pride and individuality for those African women because they are treated as objects used for sex and maid service. It was especially hard for the African women because they had been torn away from their culture and language. Many of the women had been separated from their husbands and children who were all sold separately to different masters. Furthermore, the African women were more objectified because they were used as wet nurses to suckle the children of Spanish women.
However, all her children were sold and she lost them all in one day. That was a fear that every slave mother had to face and learn to cope with. The biggest fear for a slave girl is being attractive. Slaves are seen as property so a master can use his slaves for any purpose including sex. As Linda grows older she experiances this first hand with her master attempting to suduce her and also threatening her.
She explains how slaves suffered when being denied basic human rights and legal protection, how female slaves suffered from sexual harassment and the feeling of responsibility towards her family, particularly her children. She points out, with her personal experiences, that the psychological abuses of slavery were more devastating than its physical abuses. Jacobs was not a slave of always being beat and doing hard labor, but she was a slave that was denied of her basic human rights. Black slave women’s rights were non-existent. They could not have a legal marriage, they were frequently forced to sleep with the masters they despise, and their families were torn apart, with their children sold to a place far away from them.
From the very first time they were brought to American till the abolition of the bonds and manacles of slavery, the American blacks went through a hard struggle for equality and pursuits to emancipate themselves from segregation and agonies that engrave their history with pains and sufferings. Men and women , alike , were savagely discriminated and subjected to different kinds of abuse and offensive wrongdoings of the hardhearted owners of plantations who exploited the American Blacks to the extent they violently dehumanized and intently deprived them from the simplest right a human being could benefit from. All these hardships and mistreatment threw their light and influential impacts on the whole panorama of the black community and culturally affected it to the welfare of the Blacks. From the womb of anguish and yoke of oppression, men and women started their everlasting struggle to seek their own liberation and fought all kinds of gender and racial segregation through literary texts and works which vehemently let cries in the face of dehumanization and tyranny and call for reformation. Gender and racial problems call for a social critical attention because they pervade and permeate society and form predominant burning issues in the contemporary global scene.
This also brings problems not only to women, but also to the African American slaves living in the south as they are being restricted to rights too. There were also other problems that De Gouge thought to have been caused because of women’s limited rights. She believed that “ignorance, omission, or scorn for the rights of women are the only causes of public misfortunes and of the corruption of governments” meaning that the reason men go to war and the government is corrupted is because women do not have equal rights. They don’t have the power to have a say in what men argue. Therefore De Gouge believes that by giving women rights, it will bring balance to
The Cold War was a time in the world in which multiple social and political changes had taken place. During this time America went through military conflicts such the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and other fights to prevent the spread of Communism. America also experienced a lot of change socially, such as the Civil Rights Movement, the unionizing of Latino Workers in the Southwest United States, and the rise of the Hippy Movement. This is also a time of social turmoil in the United States. Everywhere in America, from college campuses to Hippy Communes, there were protestors over Civil Rights, Latino Rights, Women’s Rights and Environmental Protection.
Southerners continued to marginalize Blacks in their behavior toward ex-slaves and the later African American generation, continuing the escalation of racial tensions through white terror and discriminatory attitudes (Tindall & Shi, 2010, p. 759). Most subversively, southern newspapers propagated stereotypes against African Americans in their coverage and descriptions of constitutional conventions (Logue, 1979, p. 342). Although Radical Reconstruction offered some progress toward social equality after the Civil War, its success was short-lived as African Americans suffered vast disenfranchisement through racist rulings, attitudes, and media representation in the South at the turn of the century. Rulings against African Americans After the Civil War had come to an end, African Americans in the South quickly made use of their new-found political and social rights, employing their right to vote from the Fifteenth Amendment and serving as prominent political figures (Tindall & Shi, 2010, p. 722). However, the formerly fervent commitment to Radical Reconstruction soon dwindled (Tindall & Shi, 2010, p. 739).
This prompted their widespread protests and the penning of the DSFC by Elizabeth Cady Stanton (Carlacio 248-249; Stanton 70-71). In both the circumstances which occasioned the DOI and those which gave rise to the DSFC, the oppressed were agitating for the same effect; the conclusion of unjust and ill treatment. Whilst for the DOI the oppressed were the whole country and all the Americans, the oppressed in the DSFC’s light were the females (Carlacio 247-250). The DSFC thus laid down claims for the unfettered rights of the females. Its intended upshot was to secure evenhanded rights for all, by stressing on females’ suffrage and other rights.
This slavery is by far one of the more difficult subjects to look upon when discussing American history and its influences. Slavery shaped this nation, for bad and for good, and this country would not be the same without this dark stain that influenced so much. Yes it was a terrible thing that went on in this country for years, but good did come out of it. It may have taken time, even after slavery was abolished, but it started a movement that changed the world and the rights of all people, of all races, to come. Most people don’t realize that slavery didn’t start in the United States, it was actually started sometime in the 16th century, but the first Africans were sold in Jamestown around 1619.
The Civil Rights struggle of the 1960s was one of the most significant and pivotal periods for achieving equality of all African Americans since the abolition of slavery in 1863 – the Thirteenth Amendment to the US Constitution. There was an ongoing conflict between the races of people who lived in the United States, predominantly black versus white. Black people were seen as inferior to that of white people and rights were violated on a continuous basis, purely because of the colour of that person’s skin. The Civil Rights Movement’s ongoing struggle led to two distinct groups of black activists. One group was rather violent and radical, the Black Power movement led by Malcolm X who believed blacks should be self-reliant, due to the increasing