The Unwritten History Of Slavery

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Ophelia Settle Egypt, informally known as Ophie, was an African American woman ahead of her time. She attained the educational status of less than one percent of the American population, was liberal and accepting of others despite the criticism around her, fought to end racism, worked independently of her husband, and believed in limiting family growth. All of Egypt’s beliefs and lifetime achievements represent a new type of woman: a woman who refuses to assimilate to her gender stereotype of weak, inferior, and domestic. Egypt dedicated her life to social work through various activities. She worked as a sociologist, researcher, teacher, director of organizations, and social worker at different times in her life. Egypt’s book, The Unwritten History of Slavery (1968), and the Planned Parenthood Clinic in Southeast Washington D.C. named after her represent Egypt’s legacy and how one person is capable of social change. Egypt was born in 1903 and raised near Clarksville in northeast rural Texas (Ward, 2011). She lived with her parents and older half sister, Sudie, for the first five years of her life. Egypt’s father was a teacher who valued education and emphasized the importance of reading, writing, and oral presentation to his children. When Egypt was five years old, her mother died. After this tragic event, Egypt and Sudie were sent to live on a farm with their maternal grandparents because their father felt incapable of raising two daughters alone. Egypt’s

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