Antislavery: Slave Narratives And Abolitionists

15 pages in length. The quest for eradicating slavery was an objective undertaken by a combination of both blacks and whites; while the black population represented the vast majority of abolitionists, there were enough of those from the white race whose voices made the effort count. Still, the ultimate realization of antislavery efforts proved a long and arduous road, with slave narratives serving as a primary component in this eventual reality. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

White Slaves: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century America

An 8 page consideration of an often overlooked component of American history. While it is impossible to assign a precise number to the percentage of slaves that were white, suffice it to say that this number was significant and that these slaves served in the same capacity as blacks. As a consequence, they began to identify more with blacks in some instances than the did with whites. As white slaves interchanged both culture and genes with blacks, the previously strictly separate ideas of Caucasian verses African began to somewhat blur. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

"Native Son" And American History X" - Dual Racial Intolerance

3 pages in length. Both Richard Wright's Native Son and director Tony Kaye's American History X chronicle the events that stem from racial intolerance, however, they do so from opposite ends of the spectrum. Derek Vinyard, Kaye's (1998) protagonist, turns to racial discord as a means by which to confront the reverse discrimination that has long plagued his neighborhood; only by adopting the vengeful mentality of a skin-head can he settle of score for his father and all other whites murdered by blacks. Wright's Bigger, by contrast, reflects the conventional components of racial intolerance by illustrating how blacks have been victimized by white supremacy. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Brian Ward’s “Just My Soul Responding: Rhythm and Blues, Black Consciousness and Race Relations”

This 6 page report discusses Brian Ward’s 1998 book that looks at forty years of Black music in America and the ways in which its development paralleled that of the political and civil rights movements of the times. Ward makes the point that it was Rhythm and Blues that became the first musical genre to successfully permeate white American culture. As a cultural historian, Ward is able to eloquently present a number of fascinating correlations between white admiration for black music (and culture) and how it related to and still relates to racial inequalities. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Native American & Slave Resistance

A 3 page essay that discusses the ways in Native Americans and slaves resisted domination. Rationalization for the history of white supremacy in North America has rested largely on the idea that white dominance was for the "good" of suppressed peoples. Early English settlers proposed that they were bringing Christianity and "civilization" to Native Americans. Southern slave-owners liked to picture themselves as good Christians who "rescued" blacks from African savagery. From the inception of white dominance, the behavior of these oppressed groups illuminated the lies of rationalization through their multiple acts of resistance. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

U.S. Civil Rights from 1868 to 1938: Development, Deterioration, or Destruction?

A 4 page contention that Civil Rights first went through a process of development beginning after the Civil War but that this process almost immediately switched to one of deterioration and destruction as a result of white resentment of new-found black rights. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Effect Slavery Had Upon American South From Colonial Times To 1877

4 pages in length. The writer discusses how blacks and whites coped with and cultural changed because of the institution of slavery. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Budiansky: The Bloody Shirt

This 3 page paper discusses Stephen Budiansky’s book The Bloody Shirt, about the violent terrorist attacks on blacks by white Southerners during the Reconstruction period. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Howard Fast, Freedom Road

A 5 page review of Howard Fast's 1944 novel Freedom Road, which accurately portrays the struggle blacks following the Civil War to rebuild their lives and how they achieved this goal prior to the intervention of the Ku Klux Klan and white supremacy. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Cultural Interactions in the Time of the Revolutionary War

A 4 page consideration of the many gains that were made in interactions between whites, blacks, and Native Americans during this critical time period in American history. While there were great losses, both in terms of culture and in terms of basic rights such as freedom and property ownership, there were also many gains. Bibliography lists 1 source.

Comparing Fanon & Foucault

A 5 page research paper which examines the similarities between two great French philosophers: Frantz Fanon and Michel Foucault. The writer demonstrates, through an examination of Fanon's 'Black Skin, White Masks,' and Foucault's Madness in Civilization, that the two philosophers agreed on quite a few fundamental points concerning power and the marginalization of minority groups. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

Perspectives on Slavery

A 5 page analysis of two books on slavery-Suzanne Everett's “History of Slavery” and Donald K. Wright's “African-Americans in the Colonial Era.” The writer argues that Wright's book tends to emphasize the economics behind slavery and its place in the structure of overall colonial society, taking a scholarly approach. Everett's book, on the other hand, brings home the pain, the anguish, and the intense suffering that was an intrinsic part of slavery via numerous full-color and black-and-white illustrations. No additional sources cited.

Tales of Early American History

This 5 page paper compares Jackson's Black Hawk with Demos's The Unredeemed Captive. The way in which Indians lived, fought and assimilated with the culture of the white man is discussed in light of the works. No additional sources cited.

Comparing Histories of the American Revolution

A 5 page essay that compares and contrasts two accounts of the American Revolution-- The American People: Crating a Nation and a Society edited by Gary Nash and Julie Roy Jeffrey and A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn. The writer discusses how both of these accounts endeavor to present a more accurate picture of the Revolution then has been typical of traditional scholarship. No additional sources cited.

The Historical Experiences of Native Americans, Black Americans, & Chinese Americans / Comparison

In 5 pages the author compares the historical experiences of Native Americans, Black Americans, and Chinese Americans. A historical narrative of Native Americans, Black Americans, and Chinese Americans is necessary to determine the specific historical factors, social structure factors, and ideological factors that seem to have contributed to the differences in their experiences. The history of Native Americans, Black Americans, and Chinese Americans is unique to each of those groups of peoples, yet they have all been discriminated against. Bibliography lists 5 sources.