Essay Black Women : The End Of Slavery

868 Words Oct 15th, 2016 4 Pages
With the end of slavery, newly freed African Americans established brand-new identities for themselves. From behaviors that were considered respectable for the time, to rejecting all social norms, each black person sought to define him or herself in a way of his or her choosing. Black women, in particular, took on a range of identifications. How each woman choose to define herself, and the reasons behind her definition varied. Black Women who belonged to clubs, such as the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs, presented themselves in a way that would reflect African Americans at their best. Clubwomen defined themselves as respectable Black women who were best fitted to be ambassadors for Black people and presented this identity to the public. By defining themselves in this manner these women sought to fight against racism that Black people were suffering from, through the practice identity politics. However, this approach limited clubwomen and forced to keep performing this role even when it became a burden. Clubwomen perceived themselves as being the best example of African Americans because of their background and occupations. As a result of the privileges and opportunities that they had been afforded, these women defined themselves as being “their own persuasive argument for the cause of race and black female advancement” (White 88). Many clubwomen came from wealthy families, such as Mary Church Terrell, whose father was the first African-American millionaire…

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