"To Joy My Freedom" By Tera Hunter: Does The Public/Private Dichotomy Pertains To The Lives Of Newly Freed Slave Women?

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Stephanie Eckels01/21/07His 72BMatersonElisabeth RitaccaFreedomIn 1866 many newly freed African American women left their masters and traveled a great distance to rebuild their lives in Atlanta. The first stop, for many of the women, was the Freedman's Bureau, a government operated agency that helped former slaves find their families. The question that many people had was why did theses women leave the "comfort" of their master's home. The answer was simple, African American women wanted to protect their dignity, preserve their integrity of their families, and to have fair terms for their labor. Unfortunately, achieving these goals was not going to be easy. After the civil war, African American women had a hard struggle to be seen as citizens and to gain their rights with Jim Crow becoming increasingly popular in the south. Jim Crow laws were those that many of the southern states created stating "separate but equal" status for African Americans. One of the biggest obstacles that held African American women back from their rights was the private/public dichotomy model. This model stated that public and private lives were separate and do not involve one another. At the time, the issues that women went through were seen having to deal with only private life, like their family and living conditions. Men were the ones that were responsible for political issues, like voting, which according to the model were considered as the public life. In result, women were hardly ever heard when they spoke about their civil rights. The fight for African American women's rights was the main idea for the book To 'Joy My Freedom by Tera W. Hunter. In the book she wrote about the working class African American women who tried to use their new freedom to gain independence. The book demolished the private/public dichotomy model showing that private life and public life were intertwined. In fact, in the book, mixing the two worlds was the best way for African American women to gain their rights.First and foremost, the work that many African American women had to do affected a great deal on their living conditions. According to the private/public dichotomy model, this could not be possible because work was seen as public life and living conditions was a private life issue. In reality, what, where, and how much African American women worked for determined the life that they could provide for themselves at home. In To Joy My Freedom, Hunter describes how on June 18, 1866 the washerwomen held a meeting and wrote a letter to the mayor. The letter stated "The present high prices of all the necessaries of life and the attendant high rates of rent, while our wages remain very much reduced made it impossible to live uprightly and honestly". When wage demands were not met, strikes were held and African American women voices were heard, for the most part. The issues over higher wages were brought to surface due the lack of ability to live off the poor wages that most African...

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