She never fully recovered from the hit and after that suffered from blackouts, really bad headaches, and sleeping spelss for the rest of her life. In 1844, Harriet meet a free black man named John Tubman. They got married, but Harriet was still a slave. They got to stay in his cabin at night. Harriet's owner died and she knew she was going to be sold to someone else.
Maya definitely did not have an easy start to her complicated and successful life. According to L. Patricia Kite, Maya was only three years old when her parents, Bailey Sr. and Vivian Johnson, got divorced (Maya Angelou 6). This source also states that years later, at eight years old, Maya was left alone with her mother’s boyfriend, Mr. Freeman, when he raped her (23). Mr. Freeman told Maya that he would “...kill her if she screamed…[and] he would kill Bailey [Jr.] if she told anyone,” (23). Kite continues to say Maya was so afraid of Mr. Freeman that she lied in court saying that he had never touched her (26).
This experience scared Sarah in one of the worst ways it made he go muted for several weeks, and once she got her voice back she had a stutter. But this experience also planted the seed of an early abolitionist. On Sarah’s eleventh birthday Sarah received her own personal slave, named Hetty, But Sarah despised the thought having a slave of her own, so she snuck into her father’s office and wrote up a document declaring that she wished to free Hetty. Sarah latter found the document ripped up by her mother. Sarah was devastated that she had a slave that she could not free.
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Her grandmother had been whipped for refusing to marry a man picked by her slave owner (SNCC). This story and others like it inspired Baker throughout her life, and led to many of the incredible things she did. Ella and her parents moved to Littleton, North Carolina when she was eight. Sadly, her father stayed behind for his job. The public schools for black children during this time were not sufficient.
When she was a measly 15 months old, her father died, ultimately from an epileptic seizure, leaving her mother to take care of her and her brother. When Streisand went away for camp, her mother remarried to a man named Louis Kind, unbeknownst to her daughter. She was also unaware of her mother’s pregnancy (“Barbra Streisand”).Streisand wanted to become a star, she wanted to sing, and she wanted to act. However, Streisand described her stepfather as being emotionally abusive, and her mother as unsupportive of her dreams. Her mother thought she was far too homely to make it in New York City.