Stereotypes Of African American Women

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During the age of slavery, many people felt there was nothing to live for. Many African Americans, both enslaved and free, struggles to live a basic happy life. While slavery affected all African American lives, women had something to protect: the family. During the age of slavery, what mattered most to African American women was their family and they fought to achieve it by rebelling, each in their own unique way. The books studied of the pats semester point to the idea that African American women went through tremendous trauma to protect their families and give their families the best life possible. The types of things that happened to these women included sexual abuse, physical abuse, hiding, running away, and even death; all of which are things that can cause trauma to anyone affected. However, African American women prevailed and gave everything they had for their families.
In Deborah Gray White's Ar'n't I A Woman?, the stereotype of the "Jezebel" and the "Mammy" is brought up. These two stereotypes shaped the stereotype of women for many years ahead. The Jezebel stereotype is what contributed to the nurture ideal of the African American woman. However, the Jezebel stereotype is not a great aspect of the African American stereotype. This stereotype in particular displays woman, African American women specifically, as sexual beings that only went after slave owners for sex. This idea is inaccurate to what really happened between slaves and slave owners. White states,
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