SystemofRacismandSexism-Draft - Lila Scott Mr. Stepsis...

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Lila ScottMr. StepsisAmerican History Tutorial P. 43/29/16Racism and Sexism in the Late 1800’s and Early 1900’sAlthough the 13th Amendment abolished slavery, that didn’t stop wealthy white menfrom discriminating against the African Americans. There seems to be a constant pattern ofwhite men having power over others. The white men also felt overpowered because of gender.They felt that since they were men, they could take advantage of younger women who didn’trealize their intentions. The court system wasn’t as developed as it was today regarding rapecases. For girls like Evelyn inAmerican Eve, it was much harder to get justice. Since these menknew this, they had the chance to trick these girls into becoming their mistresses. Evidence of asystem of racism and sexism was shown greatly inAmerican Eveby Paula Uruburu, the Plessyvs. Ferguson case, and The Red Scare: Haymarket.In the story ofAmerican Eve, there is a man named Stanford White, who is essentiallyEvelyn’s agent for her modeling career. He starts off by treating her nicely and showering herwith gifts. As the reader, his actions toward Evelyn seemed very odd. Evelyn thought nothing ofit, and neither did her mother. One day, her mother was persuaded by White to go back to herhometown in Pittsburgh while Evelyn was in the hands of White. White almost made it too easyto commit this crime. He built up all of this trust with Evelyn and her mother just for one night of
pleasure for himself. He must have known that he would scare Evelyn, but he also knew that shehad no choice but to stay under his contract. She either had to be poor or be the “girlfriend” tohim. The way that White pulled this off was sickening. He lured her up to a “secret” room, onlyto drug and rape her, and then have her wake up feeling abused and embarrassed. Evelynexplained her feelings when she was asked about the incident later on; “Unable to sleep, Evelynwas overwhelmed by a sense of immeasurable emptiness: ‘I felt nothing, neither repulsion norhate. He was a strange being to me; an aspect of life [had been] revealed in a flash and chang[ed]

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Term
Winter
Professor
Mark Stepsis
Tags
13th Amendment, Plessy v Ferguson, Supreme Court of the United States, Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution

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