Essay on Analysis Of The Poem ' The ' N 't I A Woman '

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In “Ar’n’t I a Woman? Female Slaves in the Plantation South” by Deborah Gray White goes into detail about the lives of black women in slavery. In the last four chapters of “Ar’n’t I a Woman? Female Slavery in the Plantation South” White informs the audience about the hardship black enslaved woman had to face during this time such as, the difficulties that came with pregnancies, child care, husbands and separation. The last four chapters shared a common theme of black enslaved females and their unfair treatment, characterization and opportunities. Chapter three of “Ar’n’t I a Woman? Female Slaves in the Plantation South” is titled “The Life Cycle of the Female Slave” and explains how black enslaved woman had a lot to go through. This chapter explains how black enslaved women were practically forced to have children, starting around the young age of nineteen. These pregnant women had gained some advantages such as lighter work assignments which actually made woman want to become pregnant. White states that “slave women in their late teens and early twenties were not free to consider their future without considering that their childbearing ability was of economic consequence to their owners” (White 98). White’s statement means that black women were not allowed to live their lives without considering the wants of their owners and the fact that if they did not have children they were seen as almost useless to their owners. This chapter also explains how women who…

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