By W. King
In African American Childhoods, historian Wilma King offers a range of her essays, either unpublished and released, which jointly offer a much-needed survey of greater than 3 centuries of African American kid's reports. prepared chronologically, the amount makes use of the Civil warfare to divide the ebook into elements: half one addresses the enslavement of youngsters in Africa and explores how they lived in antebellum the US; half examines the problems affecting black childrens because the Civil struggle and into the twenty-first century. themes contain the influence of the social and old development of race on their improvement, the results of violence, and the heroic efforts of African American teenagers while subjected to racism at its worst through the civil rights circulation.
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Extra resources for African American Childhoods: Historical Perspectives from Slavery to Civil Rights
When taken together, these acts were extraordinarily meaningful for Douglass who wrote, For such friendship I am deeply grateful, and bitter as are my recollections of slavery, it is a true pleasure to recall any instances of kindness, any sunbeams of humane treatment, which found way to my soul, through the iron grating of my house of bondage. The "sunbeams of humane treatment" were rare for a child who ordinarily experienced hunger, cold, nakedness, and physical or sexual abuse. 33 During the early stages of their lives, slaveholding and enslaved children were sometimes comrades in play despite differences in their color or status.
Furthermore, mixed race children often intermarried persons of like backgrounds to maintain and solidifY their assets. Consequently, the mulatto ownership of dark-skinned persons was not entirely unusual. 6 Wills often leave little doubt about the nature of interpersonal relationships between slaveholders of color and the persons they owned. The last wishes of Betsy Sompayrac, a free woman of color in Natchitoches, Louisiana, reflect an economic interest in slaves as chattel but also reveal a level of complexity in these relationships that precludes generalizations.
25 Casting enslaved children in the role of draft animals was not unique to Blackford. A comparable example is that of J. G. Clinkscales who received a small wagon as a present and decided to hitch Jack and Peter to it. " In compliance with role play, the enslaved boys delighted "the little queen who rode" and the driver when they "kicked and reared and snorted like real horses," wrote Clinkscales. Before long, Pete and Jack tired of the game and asked to end it. Clinkscales agreed and replaced them with calves.