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African American Female Strength Strong women slaves in times of segregation impacted the situation in the greatest way. Strength has been a enormous quality for people who are going through rough and uneasy times. Slavery was a terrible part of our countries history, and should be spoken of so the mistake of segregation will not be apparent in our countries further history. Throughout this paper three individuals will be discussed about, these three individuals are: Elizabeth Keckley, Harriet Bailey, and Philis Wheatley. All three of these people were submerged in the slave society that was the United States back in the eighteen hundreds. All of these individuals showed very apparent amounts of strength. To begin with, Elizabeth Keckley can be seen as a very strong woman in the eyes of the many people who have read her literature. Keckley was a slave that refused to be bought by others. The amount of strength it takes to make such a stand as Keckley did by saying she would not be bought was an enormous step in her life. One of Keckley’s many ideas on life was the idea of self-reliance. She believed that only you can control your own destiny. This shows a lot about Keckley, and explains the reasons she acted in such a manor for the most part. Self mean one and only one thing, your soul and body but only yours. Reliance is the act of relying on something, the trust you put in something to be there for you all the time. Keckley trusted reliance only in herself, which is a very good move on her part. She knew that if she relied on herself and only herself she would never be let down by anyone her whole life. Also she knew that whatever happened throughout her life would be all because of her. This was for good or bad, which she knew at the time. This self reliance carried over to what many these days would call strength. When
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Keckley was a slave she had an owner by the name of Mr. Bingham. Mr. Bingham would beat her on a normal basis, but one night she decided to take a stand and show the strength that she held deep inside of her. “Again I went home sore and bleeding, but with pride as strong and defiant as ever. The following Thursday Mr. Bingham again tried to conquer me, but in vain. We struggled, he struck me many savage blows. As I stood bleeding before him, nearly exhausted with his efforts, he burst into tears, and declared that it would be a sin to beat me any more. My suffering at least subdued his hard heart; he asked my forgiveness, and afterwards was an altered man. He was never known to strike one of his servants for that day forward.” (Keckley, 374-75) This was a huge step in Keckley’s life; she saw an obstacle and conquered it with her strength and pride still intact. The emotion shown in this paragraph is outstanding, “Again I went home sore and bleeding” (Keckley 374). This beating was a normal occurrence in Keckley life as a slave. Mr. Bingham was not a very submissive slave master; he left Keckley bleeding most nights she was beaten. The amount of strength it
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course AF AM 101 taught by Professor Min during the Spring '08 term at Wisc Oshkosh.

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