Afro-Amer. History-Paper #1

Afro-Amer. History-Paper #1 - Chyna Golden September 29,...

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Chyna Golden September 29, 2011 African-American History Paper #1 In today’s world, we take for granted the many freedoms that we have been given. We have the ability to go and get a job and for the most part not be discriminated upon. We don’t have to worry about abuse on the job scene because our bosses want to show off their power. For the most part, you can say that as long as you work at something, you can achieve it without any struggles. Well that wasn’t the case for African-American women in Tera W. Hunter’s To Joy my Freedom. She was dedicated to getting their story across and putting their story out for the public. She used newspaper articles, written accounts, books, etc. to support her stories. These women would always have to struggle for the right to have a decent life. But it came to a head during the Washerwomen’s strikes of Jackson, Mississippi and Galveston, Texas. These women were going to fight for equal pay, fight against ling working hours, equal rights, and hard labor. These were the things that women of this time saw as the key to their freedom. One of the ways that African-American women knew that would hit the white population was if they started to get belligerent in their domestic work. One of the ways that they went about this was with the Washerwomen’s strikes in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1866 and Galveston, Texas, in 1877. These strikes are the structure that future strikes follow. You can see the strong resistance and the passion that these ladies from Galveston, coming in at the tail end of the railroad protests. But the strike that had the most drama was the Atlanta boycott. They took action during the summer of 1881, right at the start of the International Cotton Exposition. The working women at this time threatened a boycott of their household work at the opening of the convention. And it wasn’t just women taking part in these strikes. Male laborers had started taking part in the organizations of these strikes. As A. Perry put it, “Men of
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This note was uploaded on 02/28/2012 for the course AFRICNA 630 taught by Professor Tsoukas,lianne during the Fall '09 term at Pittsburgh.

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