Historically speaking after
Black American's fought in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, Black American's have died, fought, were bitten by dogs, clubbed
by police, lynched, hosed with fire hoses, walked and sang, to receive the right's they and other ethnic groups currently
enjoy in America today.
A large majority of early Black Americans were enslaved then forced into giving America almost three hundred years of free labor towards the
building of America. Black American's are the only
ethnic group who gave America that many years of
free labor. Slave holding states kept up bondage fables throughout slavery and many years after slavery. One major falsehood
was slaves were happy being held captive. Another was it was in the slaves best interest to be subservient to their white
masters. Two hideous things about being enslaved were also left out of the happy slave stores, how slavery broke down the
bond of the early African American families, which left many black women head of the slave's household. The fact slaves were
usually treated as if livestock was never part of the happy slave stories told by numerous pro-slavery defenders. Most slaves
were not happy they were despondent! This is demonstrated by the scares some slaves carried with them for life. Gordon's scares
are a visual testimony freedom was worth the scars on ones back. Gordon's picture is well known his story not so much. Gordon's
story and picture is a picture into the sheer brutality of slavery. The stories written and spoken by slaves who ran for freedom
then enjoyed the fruits of freedom tell how many slaves felt. Stories told by slaves who were returned to bondage after an
unsuccessful undertaking is further testimony slaves wanted to be free! History tells us at the same time many blacks
were being held captive, they participated in the right to be free by participating in the Revolutionary War. this serves
as further testimony black people believed in freedom for all.
One of the important rights is which
came with freedom, which is still powerful, the right to learn to read. Books were kept slaves. Slave owners knew reading
means knowledge and knowledge means power! Harsh punishments were placed on slaves if they were caught trying to learn to
read. To teach a slave to read was against the law in most states. There were slaves who lost their site and their lives trying
to educate themselves.
America has not completely healed from slavery
and the Jim Crow era. Two ways America can further
the process is for those writing America's history
begin writing the complete story in history books. Historian's speaking about America's history must make certain they are truthful and complete when speaking to their audiences. These
actions may start up a dialog, which America urgently
needs to finish the healing process.
After slavery, some freed slaves were expected to continue doing manual labor on the
plantations. There were slaveholders who promised land (indenture servitude) with their former slaves, most times the former
slaveholder's promise was not kept. Most slaves did not want to stay on the land instead the free men and women had other
dreams, one of them was attending school or at least leaning how to read.
Collecting Black Americana
is a way a person can learn a more inclusive history about Black American's achievements and struggles in America. There are Black Americana museum's throughout America where people can visit and view accumulations of some of these artifacts.
A visit to these museums allows visitors to learn seldom known Black American contributions to America. African American museums can help visitors understand America would not be what it is today without these contributions by Black Americans.
The derogatory and humiliating artifacts illustrate the falsehoods and concepts of Black Americans example: "Black people
are lazy." Black American museums have the artifacts, which may plant a "pride seed". The pride seed has the
possibility of cultivating into the love of oneself as an African American. Knowledge of ones ancestor may sow a seed of appreciation
for their forefathers and foremothers. After one learns to appreciate the strength required to survive these difficult times
in America, the negative images may give visitors
what they need to appreciated America's complete