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Erika Thomas US History December 1, 2010 Tues/Thurs. 1:00- 2:15 My grandma Juanita Brown grew up in a small country town Cocoa, Florida. Born on May 29, 1935 she didn’t know what was in store for her. She grew up in a house with both of her parents and 3 older brothers. They stayed in a shotgun houses, mostly two-room place with no electricity, of course. We had no electricity until my father, who could be very stubborn and hot-tempered, fought and fought until he managed to get electricity run to our house. Going to school wasn’t the easiest thing being upon only 10 black students in the whole school she had a rough time from name calling, to being talked about the color of her skin racist remarks, she eventually dropped out and became apart of the work force. At the age of 14 she became a house cleaner washing and ironing for white people making minimum wage of .43 cents an hour. During this year United States troops were being withdrawn from Korea and the NATO (North American Treaty
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Unformatted text preview: Organization) was formed. Up until the early 1970s, there were tense race relations that lasted even though new laws on the horizon and the civil rights movement were making a strident change. In the 1940s, on a family trip to the beach one day, Ms. Brown and her brothers faced discrimination and were not able to enjoy their day off from work at the Daytona area beach, despite the fact that the beaches were open to the public and were not private, they decided to stay. From their assaults began white people began to come to harassed them verbally and physically until my grandma was spit on and from their it turned into a verbal altercation until my uncles were beaten badly. After the tragic event my grandma was forced to quit her job and go back to school. At this time the Churches maintained schools in the country, and children who showed promise as good students were sought out and sent to these schools, if their parents would pay....
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