Praying For Sheetrock Analysis
Although Africans were first used as slaves because of a biological advantage that they had to other races to be immune to certain tropical diseases, they were viewed as being less than white people because they were treated as property rather than humans. This belief made white people superior in society because they held an economic advantage due to their ownership of slaves. Throughout the years, this way of thought was passed down, with children of slaves being born into bondage and even with the inheritance of slaves for white children. Even after slavery was abolished, the mentality that blacks were inferior to whites remained because that was what had been taught to the later generations and the society of the South was formed around that mentality. Economics played a major role in the treatment of blacks in the South because with the limited social opportunities for black people, they held very little political influence. Similar to in the Gilded Age where big companies, such as the Steel Trust companies, held much of the power in the land because they held the majority of the money, whites held much of the power in the United States South because they held a disproportionately large amount of the region’s properties. For example, the McIntosh County population consisted largely of blacks but the white minority was at the top of the social pyramid. Therefore we can see that economic power equals political and social power.
In conclusion, Praying for Sheetrock by Melissa Faye Greene conveys the injustice of the social order in the U.S. before a change was made by the Civil Rights Movement. Greene uses this book to portray the impact and importance that race has had on United States history and the impacts of such events as the ones in the book can still be seen to