Voices Beyond Exploitation : Gender Norms And Racial Bias

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Voices beyond Exploitation: Gender Norms and Racial Bias in 18th Century Poetry
From the mid-18th century until present day, Africans and people of African descent, as well as female poets who advocated for equal rights began to write down their personal stories of how slavery and social restrictions have impacted their lives. At first they would write in small paragraphs and poems, but later they would create collections of slave and feminist literature, that once published reached a range of people across the world. They would often write literature that would express their personal thoughts while exploring the impacts of oppression, restriction of freedom and religious beliefs had. Slavery is easily defined as a system in which concepts of property law were applied to human beings so that they are treated as property instead of obtaining their basic human rights. Slavery can be found in many forms throughout history; but, some of the most well-known forms of slavery were that of African-Americans and “white” women. These impacts of slavery had many physical, legal and psychological negatives on those affected by such cruelties. This later aided in creating one of the most intriguing and worldwide literary movements in the history of literature. In 1773 an enslaved woman named Phillis Wheatley wrote and published a collection of slave poems in London that sparked the public’s interests. Her writings aided in the understanding that African people were just as moral and

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