American Revolution. The 19th century was a period that the slave trade was abolished on an international platform. However, this action did not affect the slave trade business in the internal states of America. Many people continued enslaving individuals in their homes to carry out various chores such as house and farm work. African-American men and women were victims of slavery and suffered during the first half of the 19th century. During this period, the northern part of America disagreed about slavery, while the southern region comfortably accepted it as part of their culture (Steele and Brislen, n.d.).
What happened in 1776 in the American Revolution?
Many African-Americans in the southern region were kept as enslaved people doing house and farm chores for the ‘white’ Americans under minimum or no wage. The first half of the 19th century was when industrialization was established in America. At this point, women were viewed as inferior beings in society, with house chores delegated to them while men went to work in the industries. Indeed, African-Americans were inferior to their employers, but so were the ‘white’ women to their husbands (Steele and Brislen, n.d.).
Why was education so important to African Americans?
Unfortunately, the ‘white’ American men exposed some African-American women to sexual abuse (Parish, 2013). This was not common to the ‘white’ women, although several had unfaithful husbands. Such men took African-American women in as enslaved people, and some were their mistresses. Consequently, they ended up bearing children for these men. Additionally, some of these women used sex to attain freedom from their superiors. Unlike those in the south, African-Americans in the north had the opportunity to acquire formal education. During this period of the 19th century, women, whether ‘white’ or African-American, were inferior in the eyes of many. However, various opportunities emerged that changed people’s perception of African-Americans and women. These opportunities included emancipation and exposure to chances of attaining formal education. In turn, many of the affected individuals could have the opportunity to take up jobs in the industrial world, just like the ‘white’ American men.
Parish, J. P. (2013). Reader’s guide to American history. Chicago, IL: Routledge.
Steele, K. & Brislen, J. (n.d.). Women in 19th century America. Retrieved on 24 Oct. 2013 from http://womeninushistory.tripod.com/