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Surname 1 Student’s Name Instructor’s Name Course Date Slavery, Women and Reproductive Rights The United States is very diverse in terms of social characteristics, such as race and ethnicity. The nation experienced challenges concerning freedom from slavery and human rights between 1800 to late 1900. Today America has achieved equality, freedom and improved women's rights. However, during the eighteenth century, Americans experienced numerous forms of conflicts, peaceful demonstrations, and fights concerning slavery, women, and reproductive rights. The struggles for freedom from slavery and the improvement of reproductive rights helped in the social and economic development that we experience today. The women's movement for the abolition of slavery, anti-slavery groups, religious groups, and the movement for women's rights played an incredible role in the 19 th century. Several Christians protested against slavery and for the improvement of reproductive rights. Understanding the history of women's struggles through slavery and reproductive rights and their roles towards the freedom that women enjoy today is of considerable significance to this paper. Slavery During the 18 th century, there were both female and male slaves in America. However, there were more male slaves compared to the female counterparts. According to History.Com, there were approximately 6 million slaves during the time. When talking about black slavery, female slaves experienced very hostile treatment from the colonial powers than the males. They
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Surname 2 had to experience the fate of being black and a woman in the harsh environs. Women suffered differed from that of the male counterparts. The white men termed black women as irresponsible, promiscuous, and lustful beings. On the other hand, the white woman was perceived as civil, responsible, and pure. The slave masters used single black women as sex objects. They also would occasionally rape married black women. In some way, men lost their protective rights to their women (Hallam 1). Despite the struggles, black women used manipulative tactics to fight for their dignity as well as protect their young daughter from the talons of the white masters (Davis 11). Both the women in America and those in Africa fought hard to protect their own and took motherhood seriously. They risked their lives and dignity to protect their children, some of whom were born from rape. It, therefore, demonstrates women's resilience despite the then struggles. The fight against slavery for men was to preserve their identities, masculinity, and dominance over their families as black men. Being both back and female, however, was one excessive struggle. It is important to note that the sexual relations between whites and blacks were taboo. Nonetheless, whites from all the social classes had the right to exploit the back women, and they did it frequently ( Davis 12). Both older and young women were vulnerable to
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