SystemofRacismandSexism-Draft - Lila Scott Mr Stepsis American History Tutorial P 4 Racism and Sexism in the Late 1800s and Early 1900s Although the

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Lila Scott Mr. Stepsis American History Tutorial P. 4 3/29/16 Racism and Sexism in the Late 1800’s and Early 1900’s Although the 13th Amendment abolished slavery, that didn’t stop wealthy white men from discriminating against the African Americans. There seems to be a constant pattern of white 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’t realize their intentions. The court system wasn’t as developed as it was today regarding rape cases. For girls like Evelyn in American Eve , it was much harder to get justice. Since these men knew this, they had the chance to trick these girls into becoming their mistresses. Evidence of a system of racism and sexism was shown greatly in American Eve by Paula Uruburu, the Plessy vs. Ferguson case, and The Red Scare: Haymarket. In the story of American Eve , there is a man named Stanford White, who is essentially Evelyn’s agent for her modeling career. He starts off by treating her nicely and showering her with gifts. As the reader, his actions toward Evelyn seemed very odd. Evelyn thought nothing of it, and neither did her mother. One day, her mother was persuaded by White to go back to her hometown in Pittsburgh while Evelyn was in the hands of White. White almost made it too easy to 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 she had no choice but to stay under his contract. She either had to be poor or be the “girlfriend” to him. The way that White pulled this off was sickening. He lured her up to a “secret” room, only to drug and rape her, and then have her wake up feeling abused and embarrassed. Evelyn explained her feelings when she was asked about the incident later on; “Unable to sleep, Evelyn was overwhelmed by a sense of immeasurable emptiness: ‘I felt nothing, neither repulsion nor hate. He was a strange being to me; an aspect of life [had been] revealed in a flash and chang[ed] all my perspectives’”(Uruburu). White had successfully fooled Evelyn into thinking he was a

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