Dream of Freedom


The life of enslaved Black women in America was one of true strength. In the bondage of slavery in the south, it was hard labor, long hours and many dreams of freedom. In this era, Black men and women were treated as if they were nothing, enslaved into a life where nothing but hardship, whippings and work was your life was dreadful. Whites acted superior and powerful because they had a different skin tone, they felt that because of this they could do whatever they please. One way to White men exerted power over Black female slaves was sexually, they would rape them and beat them. Women were looked at as savages, who deserved to be treated the way they were. Women also had to work hard labor like men in the fields, while being pregnant with the masters baby. Enslaved women were leaders of the slave communities, they led rebellions and resistance groups that helped to speed up the freedom of slaves. Additionally,women in the slave communities acted like teachers to pass down stories, traditions and resistance of slavery to the younger generations. Black women had a lot to deal with: forced sexual encounters with the master, taking care of their children, working and looking after and being the strength of the slave communities. The life of enslaved Black women was brutalized, dehumanizing and sexually exploited, but they found strength through outside influences, one being resistance networks.
Dehumanizing means to take away positive human qualities, and that is what happened to slaves. Slaves were looked down upon as though they were gum on the bottom of a shoe. They were stripped of their rights and had to abide by slave codes, which were acceptable treatment and rules regarding slaves. “...Slavery reduced...

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...All they dreamed of was to be free, to be equal and to live without being treated as though they were nothing. They dreamed that their children will not have to go through what they had to go through, they wanted a better life for them and all Black individuals. And as mothers, they did their best to instill resistance and strength in their children and as leaders tried to lead the people to cope with what was being done. The life of enslaved Black women was brutalized and exploited, but they found strength through outside influences to gain freedom and peace.

Works Cited

Kyle. "African American History at Rhodes College." : The Dehumanizing Effects of Slavery. N.p., 7 Oct. 2011. Web. 30 Mar. 2014.

Tate, Gayle T. "Troubled Waters." Unknown Tongues: Black Women's Political Activism in the Antebellum Era, 1830-1860. East Lansing: Michigan State UP, 2003. N.
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