The Power Within
The Inches Gained by Black Women in the Hopeless Battle of Southern American Slavery
“The Power Within: The Inches Gained by Black Women in the Hopeless Battle of Southern American Slavery” analyzes how black women under the oppressive lash of slavery achieved a level of power and exercised it more than has been traditionally recognized. However, despite their efforts whites largely undermined or restricted it. Moreover, abuse aimed at slaves encompassed physical, psychological, and emotional abuse, and in regards to black women, it centered on their sexuality. Enslaved black women combine two marginalized populations, and, as such, they have suffered doubly from historical narratives dominated and directed by white males. Little is known about these women and their unique history, but as no human can completely subjugate another, they must have exerted their wills in some form or fashion, as an examination of their situation proves.
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