Analysis Of A Voice From The South, By Anna Julia Cooper

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In the 1800’s there was a power struggle for ethnic and gender equality for people of African descent. Enslaved Africans or slaves taken from Africa and African Americans sought out to gain the same natural rights: life, liberty, and property which were given to people of European descent. After slavery was banned throughout the United States Africans gained the freedom and rights of a European “man”, such as voting and right to property, but what about intellectually? What rights were Africans given in education after the abolishment of slavery? The thought or idea that African Americans could make a change in society was out of the social norms or standards that society set into place beginning in the late 1700’s. In the late 1800’s a black intellectual woman by the name of Anna Julia Cooper fought for the rights of all Africans. Through her beliefs and persistent push for change, Africans roles in society changed. Anna Julia Cooper was born in North Carolina in 1858 to a slave by the name of Hannah Stanley. From a very young age, her career path took a turn. At the age of nine, she received a scholarship to attend St. Augustine’s Normal School. St. Augustine’s Normal School was an institution established to train …show more content…
Her book was titled, “A Voice From the South by a Black Woman of The South.” The book stood as inspiration for African American woman because it gave them hope for change. Anna wrote the book to reach out to the African race; promoting that from an ex-slaves perspective you could be someone in the world. In her book she emphasizes the importance of going out getting an education for yourself and to raise up from the past. She writes of times in her life were she succeeded to break society’s boundaries and what effect they had on her. Anna was one the first African American woman activists to write a

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