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I personally belong to the African American group. I have some white and Indian  mixtures in my family, but that is the main group that I identify with. My ethnic group did  face a lot of discrimination, segregation, and racism. When we where first brought to this  country, we came as slaves. We where to do whatever our masters told us to do, which  included: plowing fields, picking cotton, clean their homes, caring for their children, and  even cooking for them. We would have to get up at the break of day and do all of these  things and would still have to maintain our own families. There would be women in the  fields with their babies wrapped in a rag tied to their backs. That shows how serious the  masters were about getting the work done. It did not matter what you had going on in  your life, you still had to get your work done.  My people were degraded, beating, and called the worst names ever heard. They would  beat them with long leather straps and sometimes would even kill them. They would  rape the women and beat them if they ever spoke word of it. They where called names  like: nigga, monkey, and would call the men boys and the women girls. I heard a lot of  this information, first hand, from my great grandmother. She even told me that some of  them were even “wet nurses”, and that means that some of the slaves would breastfeed  the children of their masters. I thought that to be very strange that they did not feel that  they where good enough to be their equal, but they where good enough to breastfeed  their children. This was, in my opinion, the lowest of the low that human beings where  being treated like animals just because of the color of their skin. Things got hectic when Abraham Lincoln came into the presidential seat. He wrote the 
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This note was uploaded on 08/10/2011 for the course ENGL 1102 (M) taught by Professor Spencer during the Spring '07 term at University of Georgia Athens.

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