Slave Narratives The Middle Passage was almost inconceivable. Hundreds upon hundreds of Africans were abducted from their homes to go on boats to America. They were stacked like books on shelves in order to bring enough Negros for a profitable slave trade. The life on the boats on the way to the New World was so bad that the Africans preferred death to their gruesome future. The conditions on the boats were hellish.
Tracing all the way back to 1865, African Americans have struggled trying to establish equal rights and having the same privileges as white men. Several years went by before African Americans decided to take action and take a stand for their people. It wasn't until 1954 when the Civil Rights Movement took place and African Americans made an effort to move towards equality for all people, and to get rid of racism. The process was long, and required persistence and dedication, but the blacks were determined to achieve racial equality. The events that took place during the Civil Rights Movement were unjust and left a large impact on the African Americans.
However, these facilities were not equal in anyway. So the African America... ... middle of paper ... ...en have this “destined date with freedom,” at which they can stand alongside their fellow brothers and sisters and be First- Class Citizens and be done with racial discrimination for the whole world. Since the beginning of America till after the Jim Crow era, the African Americans have been humiliated, been considered inferior, and have been denied their basic given rights. However, even with this treatment, the African Americans did not give up or lose hope. They were beaten and imprisoned for their beliefs as shown in the sources above, but they continued to fight for racial integration and to also rise and stand up for themselves and equality.
It was a torturous way of turning coun... ... middle of paper ... ...tities, these slaves would be a nobody, in most cases getting new names from their masters or being referred to by number (if they were branded). The transition from freeperson to a slave was tougher still as there was an entirely new culture, language, and customs to learn. Not to mention the absurdly inhumane working conditions set for them. All of this brutality caused some slaves to kill themselves so as not to need to stand the torture any longer (Arrival in the Americas). Slavery, in short, is most obviously a terrible, ugly, and dehumanizing form of life.
Two hundred years ago in America, being born of a certain race or gender predetermined one’s opportunities in life. African Americans were subjected to slavery and discrimination and women had very little liberty. In the present, the United States is much closer to equality, yet gender and race still play a role in life’s opportunities given the high frequency of affirmative action programs; they attempt to increase the representation of minorities on college campuses and in the office, regardless of virtue. Programs of affirmative action arouse controversy because some groups view affirmative action as a catalyst for reverse discrimination whilst other groups support affirmative action as a way to diversify society and compensate for past exclusions. Affirmative action describes the “positive steps taken to increase the representation of women and minorities in areas of employment, education, and business from which they have been historically excluded” (Fullinwinder).
At any rate, the climate of the Revolution made the organization not right in the minds of many Northerners, who did not rely on forced labor as part of the economic system. Northerners didn’t go as far as to give equal rights to free the blacks. Many slaves have gotten their freedom during the Revolution without being able to be free. In the American south the british had freed many slaves.Lots of slaves in the North got their freedom because they said they would fight for America. Although, clear most of African Americans remained in a bond, the growth of free black communities in America was raised by the War for American to be free.
The South had an extremely difficult time accepting African Americans as equals, and did anything they could to prevent the desegregation of all races. During the Reconstruction Era, there were plans to end segregation; however, past prejudices and personal beliefs elongated the process. All African Americans thought with the creation of civil rights, they would be free to do what all Americans could do. In the context of civil rights, emancipation means to be free from slavery. The process took much longer than they expected.
Is it even the job of the government to protect the rights of gay citizens or are blacks entitled to as much as they perceive? Nevertheless, civil rights have come a long way since the year 1940 with women’s equality reaching an all time high, evolving immigration rights, marriage equality expanding across the U.S., and economic, social, and educational gaps continuing to close between blacks and whites. When women were granted the right to vote in the year 1920, they weren’t suddenly placed on the same playing field as men. A continuous bombardment of inequality and discrimination battered women, especially in the workplace. Although some progress has been made on closing the gap between men and women’s earnings since the Equal Pay Act’s Passage in 1963, women on average still only make 80 cents to every dollar earned by white men.
The definition of what a slave is itself causes a mentality that African Americans were lesser to whites. Having this mentality causes slaves to hide behind false personalities. The famous poet Paul Laurence Dunbar wrote “We wear the mask that grins and lies, It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes”(Dunbar 1). Constantly faking who you were caused slaves to forget who they are. This caused major psychological damage to every generation of slave because slavery forced African Americans to hide their past.
The first and second sought to end slavery and guarantee equal rights. The third, the 15th amendment, granted suffrage regardless of color, race, or previous position of servitude.2 The 15th Amendment monumentally changed the structure of American politics as it was no longer the privileged whites who could vote. For some it was as though hell had arrived on earth, but for others, it was freedom singing. However, the song was short lived. While many political cartoons from the period show the freedom that ex-slaves have for voting because of the 15th Amendment, they often neglect to include the fact that many African Americans were coerced into voting a certain way or simply had their rights stripped from them.