Essay about Too Heavy A Load : Black Women

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Too Heavy a Load: Black Women in Defense of Themselves, 1894-1994. By Deborah Gray White (New York, New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1999). 13-320pp. Reviewed By Michelle Campos, September 30, 2015.
Deborah G. White, the author of the book, “Too Heavy a Load,” is an American who is primarily interested in the history of African-American as well as the American women. She is essentially concerned with tackling issues related to the identities and the connection between sexuality, gender, race and class. There is no doubt that White is considered as one of the best female authors. The evidence of this presumption emanates from the Leita Brown Memorial Book Prize award she received for the book, “Ar’n’t I a Woman?” Her outstanding narration essentially focuses on the oppression of the African American women. From her narration, an individual could possibly argue that White was interested in exposing the struggles of the African American women, thereby correlating this struggle to the manner in which Americans became racially conscious. Conversely, she might have been interested in exposing the struggles that black women had to go through in a society in which a considerable number of the black males were chauvinistic.
White primarily focuses on the history and the revolt of women from male chauvinism, discriminative actions, humiliation and the oppression that African American women were subjected to by the males. She is inspired by her identity as an…

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