The 1930’s was a decade of extremely hard times, following the stock market crash and an extreme depression. In spite of the tremendous hardships in America during this decade, it also became a time of great music that is still remembered today. Jazz music was highly popular in this time,
During the nineteenth century, lynching was brought to America by British Isles and after the Civil War white Americans lynching African American increased. Causing and bringing fear into their world. In the Southern United States, lynching became a method used by the whites to terrorize the Blacks and to remain in control with white supremacy. The hatred and fear that was installed into the white people’s head had caused them to turn to the lynch law. The term lynching means to be put to death by hanging by a mob action without legal sanction. So many white people were supportive of lynching because it was a sign of power that the white people had. “Lynching of the black people was used frequently by white people, their is no specific detail of how many times they had done it, but lynching of black people has lasted from 1882 to 1968. Lynching also is in fact a inhuman combination of racism and sadism which was used to support the south’s caste system,’’(Gandhi).
Blacks were treated with tremendous cruelty in many different ways. Black lives before the civil rights movement were treated cruel and unfair. African Americans did not have the same opportunities that they have today. Before the movement they could not get an education, a good job, or a place to live. These men and women who worked for white landowners were pretty much treated like slaves. They were barely paid anything for the work that they did. Many blacks lived in the streets and did not even have a place to get out of the weather. Due to these factors many blacks lived in poverty and were treated very cruel. A staff Writer wrote, “For black Americans, the pre-Civil Rights era was a time of danger and turmoil, as they set out to claim
Lynchings were a real threat to African Americans in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. They created a lot of fear in the African American community especially in this time period. Between 1882 and 1969, 4,743 people lynchings occurred. In 1882, African Americans accounted for forty-six percent of lynchings. Yet
They painted their face black color, and made their mouth red color. Few white people treat very bad African American. They destroy their property. They killed a lot of people who were innocent such as children, elderly, and youth. Some white people did not even think about that those people were human like them. For example, “Toms,” “Sellouts” were absolutely ignorant of themselves, their history and what they did. I think, they change their behavior when they were educated. However, that people truly did not understand the background and culture of African American. Every good think African American does. White people want to use it. Usually, they did not allow them to do anything because they want to control them.
• Abraham Lincoln Presidency (1860): Abolitionist president • The 13th Amendment (December 18, 1865): end of slavery Asia Howell-Brown November 12, 2014 HIS-141 Wendell Howlett African American Research Paper Slavery in America was a horrific time period that negatively affected African Americans, and still affect some to this day. Africans were kidnapped from their homes, brought overseas in an inhuman effort, tortured, beaten, and forced to work long grueling hours for no pay. Because of the color of their skin they were considered worthless, and they were also considered as property. Whites did not recognize African Americans as human beings, and
Before and during the Civil War it was not uncommon for masters to physically harm their slaves, often times hurting them just enough so that they didn't die. But now as slavery was abolished, harm still came to those who were free. The only difference was that it had a new name (lynching) and some of the reasoning behind it. White southern leaders felt threatened and thought that their rights were the ones being threatened. They saw the North trying to elevate the colored population in the South, holding the freedmens' rights above the white population. Those men then began retaliating against those freedmen and any of their supporters. Where slavery usually involved the harming of the slave, lynching involved both white and black people, men and women. Many massacres occurred during this time of Reconstruction, most of them could have been avoidable if the North had stricter laws and higher security in places with high
Indians, Asian Americans and African Americans were subjected to cruelty because they were not the ideal American. Racism was one issue that was consistently ignored: the plight of African-Americans in the United States. African-Americans were faced with consistent racism in the form of segregation in public spaces, lynchings, disenfranchisement from the political process, and no access to quality healthcare, education and housing. To counter these injustices, African-American reformists also emerged to expose and then fight for equal rights in the United States. Ironically and tragically, the Progressive era coincided with years when thousands of blacks were lynched by racist mobs. Progressives did nothing about segregation and lynching for two reasons: (1) They shared in the general prejudice of their times and (2) they considered other reforms such as lower tariffs to be more important than anti-lynching laws because such reforms benefited everyone in American society, not just one group. African-American leaders strongly disagreed and took action on their own to alleviate conditions of poverty & discrimination. Ending racism took a toll on many, but ended up making it worth it in the long run - everyone is equal and should be treated
3. The Jim Crow Era was an era that had anti-Black laws and an all-white justice system (Lecture 11/06/13). Some of the laws included Black men not being allowed to shake a white man’s hand, could not offer to light a women’s cigarette, Black couples were not allowed to show public displays of affection (PDA), and Black people could not eat with white people (Lecture 11/06/13). There was several other little laws that were anti-Black. Racism was huge during the Jim Crow Era, for example, the use of bad language towards Blacks were in books and newspapers (11/06/13). Institutional racism also existed with voting and lynching. Only white democrats could vote in primaries and over a half of white police officers participated in lynching (Lecture 11/06/13). The lynching of Black people went on for a long time, from 1882 through 1968 (11/06/13). One historical event that was violent towards Blacks was the Scottsboro Boys in 1931. There was nine unemployed Black men that were
Lynching is a form of corporal punishment intended to intimidate a racial or ethnic group most commonly a minority. This became extremely common in the southern regions of the United States during the 18th century as a way to reinforce Jim Crow Laws. These laws consisted of five different pillars centered on the political, personal, economic, legal and social oppression of African Americans. Lynching most commonly occurred when African Americans were accused of not following the social norms set by Jim Crow laws such demanding equal rights or having inappropriate interracial relations. In more radical cases lynching was used as a way to persecute blacks for heinous crimes they were often wrongly accused of committing. Such was the case with
Billie Holiday was born on April 7, 1915 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her birth name is Eleanora Fagon, she is the daughter of Sarah Fagon also known as Eleanor Fagon and her father Clarence Holiday. Her parents had her at a young age the mother was only thirteen and the father fifteen years old. Her father was a musician he left Billie and her mother to pursue his career as a jazz guitarist. Billie didn’t have much of a great life growing up her mother had her at a very young age, not having the support of her parents and Billie’s father leaving them both. Her mother couldn’t take care so she sent her to live with Sarah’s older half-sister. She had many ups and down throughout her life. As, a child not having much of her parents in her life, trouble with substance abuse, meeting men who were only interested in her money, and arrested many times in her life.
Violence against black people in America began when slaves were kidnapped from Africa and sent to America. White slave owners would beat them, breed them, make them work without pay and sell them as if they were animals. When Abraham Lincoln was elected president of the United States in 1860,
Billie Holiday, an African American singer and songwriter from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who has finally had enough of all the racism and inhumanity in her life. She has released a song on Monday of March, 1929, called "Strange Fruit", speaking of many African Americans Being accused of something wrong, then being hung from a tree, hence the reference "Strange Fruit."
“Racism the belief to distinguish a race with beliefs that they are superior to another”. As racism remains a major setback in America, it is in no Comparison to how it was like back in the days. From the pain it caused and the poor innocent people being tarnished
The poem’s words echo through your mind, revealing a haunting display. Eleanora Fagan, professionally known as Billie Holiday, performed Strange fruit. She sang the poem not in a melody, but in a screeching tone creating an alarming show. The timbre of her voice’s pitch was intense. In other words, the way Billie Holiday sang Strange Fruit in a serious voice, confirms that the poem is not to joke about because it is based on a true story. It is important to realize, that the poem relates to history because it demonstrates how demented racism dominated in the