African American History Month

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This is for you. Grandmother

I love to voice my opinion about slave trading, this would be a great place to address this issue because it is African American History Month. I think about how my grandmother acted when we brought of the subject of slavery. She would give us some great information about African American History, but she always had a serious look on her face when she talked about it. She picked her words carefully when she talked, and tried not to scare us by giving too much information. She was very religious; her favorite song was “Amazing Grace”. I never knew why she held a lot of information from us until now. I love History, so finding African American History Facts will be fun.
The first story that I found is “Shrill hurrahs: women, gender, and racial violence in South Carolina, 1865-1900” by Kate Côté Gillin. Gillin (2013) wrote, “Female slaves were similarly denigrated. Slave owners forced them to work in the fields and forbade them to marry. They denied black women the roles enjoyed by white women and, in the case of fieldwork, forced them into male categories. Black women’s physical appearance and dress— conditions that were imposed by, or the result of, their enslavement and the nature of the work they did— also stood in contrast to the angelic ideal of white womanhood.” Sounds like the same issues that African American women faces today. We are not in the cotton fields, but we do make less money than white woman who have the same educational background and experience. Even though, Barak Obama was elected president, America still treats African American women as second hand citizens. I know that sisters deserve some of the criticism. We treat each other badly, but this is because we do not think highly of ourselves. If you love yourself, you will love others. If America is going to become a racially balance country, we got to start treating each other with respect and dignity. Electing an African American President was just the start. We have to continue to grow by helping to find ways to ride out racism and violence. Remember everyone matters. So look for this book and tell me what you think.

References
Gillin, Kate Côté. Shrill Hurrahs: Women, Gender, and Racial Violence in South Carolina, 1865-
1900. Columbia, SC, USA: University of South Carolina Press, 2013. ProQuest ebrary.
Web. 2 February 2016. Copyright © 2013. University of South Carolina Press. All rights
reserved.

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