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Stephens -Rufus 1Amari Stephens-RufusProfessor NicholsHistory 1301.4101512/11/2016The Impact of Post Traumatic Slave DisorderPost Traumatic Slave Disorder is best described as the set of behaviors, beliefs, or set of actions that is associated or related to the multi-generational trauma experience by African Americans that may be inclusive of but not limited to undiagnosed and untreated Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in enslaved Africans, by Dr. DeGruy in her book Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing. Dr. DeGruy explains how after years of cruel torture and degrading pain agony faced through the time of slavery and the Jim crow era has put an effect on the black community today. Dr. DeGruy gives examples of how certain events from slavery and post slavery effected how African Americans viewed themselves and the negative stereotypes that go in within the black community. There are various amounts ofevidence that proves Dr. DeGruy’s theory and what problems existed in the past that still have an