Essay on A Woman

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Ar’n’t I A Woman?
     Ar’n’t I a Woman? Written by, Deborah Gray White shows the trials and hardships that African American Women faced during the years of the infamous plantations up to the civil war. In this book White describes how the images of “Jezebel” and the “Mammy” and how they were the most vulnerable group with the least amount of formal power in Antebellum America. She compares the life of men and women in the slave society, and how truly different they were. The roles of women are shown through the slaves’ life cycle, family life, slave society networks, and the civil war. Each of these various aspects of life are discussed very vividly in the book, and serve purpose in showing how African American
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They would often do the same type of chores and games they would do later on in life when they were no longer considered children. They would complete tasks such as looking after the babies, getting the mail, giving water to thirsty field hands, and tending to the livestock (92). Some would also hunt rabbits, coons, and turtles with each other. Between the ages of twelve and sixteen however, they would start being more segregated by the girls getting skirts and dresses while the boys would receive pants. During their teen years they would get into more of what they would be assigned to as adults as far as jobs go. They would be put into groups called “trash gangs”, these groups were predominantly female dominated groups and this is when the girls would be put into a more female world learning about marriage and sex. They started to become interested in boys as they would start to catch the eyes of various boys and in turn their mothers would then become worrisome as to all the downfalls that came with attracting boys/men, such as rape. In the end all the mother could do is hope their child makes the right decisions and do not get taken advantage of. When the women did find mates and get married, they were expected to have children, “some masters figured that at least five to six percent of their profit would accrue from natural increase” (98). Women were encouraged to have children, and they were often times rewarded if they did and had the children. Due to

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