My Journal Entry Essay

941 Words Mar 29th, 2008 4 Pages
Sunday, August 28, 1968

Dear Diary,

I know it's been a while, but I knew I needed to get some of the stuff out of my head. And I won't mention that I might be in trouble with Momma, so I decided to come to my room to get out of her way. This has been quite a busy and hot day Sunday afternoon here in South Carolina. My family and I attended church services this morning and had a great time. The church was crowded and the music and sermon were quite uplifting. The minister preached for nearly forty-five minutes about how we must be faithful to Christ as we walk our Christian journey. He spent a great deal of time preaching about our ancestors and how their faith in God and close family relationships kept them strong. He talked about
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I know there was many African-Americans were enslaved during the 1800's sometimes referred to as The Antebellum Period. However, I read that many free Blacks in the United States. In 1830, there were 319,000 (Wikipedia, 2008). I realize that conditions in the Southern states like South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi were horrible. Times were tough and as a Black it would seem that you didn't have much choice or chance. Living in those conditions is a test of the human spirit and body. Thank the Lord that there were some smart people in the United States who believed the slavery and segregation was not right nor the moral thing to do. In 1863 during the Civil War, President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This historical document and movement freed slaves in the southern states. I studied in school the 13th Amendment, which outlaws slavery. The 14th Amendment grants full citizenship to African-Americans. And the 15th Amendment extends the right to vote to all Black males. I had all of these on a test once and of course I passed. This reminds me that I need to study for a math test that I have later this week. Based on stories that I have heard at family gatherings, I heard that many freed Black slaves decided to leave the South and head North. It's sometimes called the Great Migration (Wikipedia, 2008). It's a period from 1916 to 1970 when Blacks moved to get away from racism and make a better life

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