HUMAN 1C Midterm: Reading Summaries for Midterm

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Department
Humanities
Course
HUMAN 1C
Professor
Rodrigo Lazo
Semester
Spring

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Between the World and Me: Coates is speaking to his son in a letter format. He talks about his enemies and how he cannot control them, but he can control how he acts about it. He talks about pride and staying together, because black people are a wise people, who understand that the road that they are walking on was built on slavery and rape, and that his son must not believe the lies of a better life because it is not in the cards for him. He talks about how he “could- and must- fashion the way of our walk” he talks about respect and that he has taught his son to respect everyone as singular, and that that respect must extend to the past. He embodies slavery, not as a definable mass of flesh but as a woman with an active mind, born into a world screaming freedom at the top of its lungs but has her roots in slavery. Her mom a slave, her father a slave, her daughter enslaved. Her history is enslaved. “NEVER FORGET THAT WE HAVE BEEN ENSLAVED IN THIS COUNTRY LONGER THAN WE HAVE BEEN FREE” he is teaching his son about struggles that he, as a black boy, will have to endure. That the struggles he will face are unlike that of any other boy. That he must carry the burden of black bodies and the way that the white man treated them. That he must not believe the fairy tails that slavery will find redemption, that the present makes up for the past. NOTHING makes up for the past. “you cannot forget how much they took from us and how they transfigured our very bodies into sugar, tobacco cotton, and gold” The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano: Olaudah writes about his life as a child, idle and free. Him being the youngest and therefore the favorite. “trained in the art of war” –he had to learn from a young age how to fight to fend of people who would otherwise capture him when the adults went to go work, him and the other children would band together to play and one would go up in a tree to keep watch in case captors came one day everything changed, an intruder came into his house and abductd him and his sister before they could react he writes sympathetically, appealing to emotions. Using descriptive words to vividly describe his account. The only power that Olaudah had over his own being was the food he refused to eat, and even then they would either force feed him or make him starve. The living conditions were putrid, most of the people below deck almos died from the stench and humidity. He describes the true savages as the Europeans treating other humans in ways that he has never seen before. They refused to give them food and the living conditions below deck were so horrid that they tried to commit suicide and those who failed in their attempt were severely flogged. Death was preferred over the life of slavery. A History of a Voyage to the Coast of Africa: When Joseph Hawkins travel to the coast of Africa he was in shock. He had never seen people of different colors from different countries He thought that the curiosity that they held (the people in Africa, women in particular) was sexual The women and children gawked and approached him with curiosity in an innocent level. Since he had never experienced that, he thought it was of a sexual manner He thought they were sexually charged in their curiosity, and still shamed them for it (thus ethnographic voyeurism comes in play, as he was curious and noted their mannerisms and deemed them sexual but “less than” Their natural ways included nudity, but in the Euro sense it was shameful to be so exposed "...the sense of shame is totally disconnected with their ideas on this head..." He understands that there is a form punishment/fine if one was disrespected or disgraced, though he thought their form was odd since it was not of monetary value rather was husbandry was the trade Women’s Marriage and Childbearing, 1832 When the guy came to that tribe, he went with the intent to observe marriage and their customs. He (first) mentions that "God ordained that man should have woman" and thought that it was such an ancient tradition in all nations to give the women to their husbands In this case he was observing the courting process The man would stand outside of her house, wait till she was alone, propose and then the pseudo "evaluation" process took place within the house of the bride He would hunt and bring food while she cooked and cleaned, all the while the bridegroom would judge whether or not she would be a "lazy" bride or a "good" bride When the wedding came, there would be a feast and the whole ordeal would take about 3-4 days The person, priest or whatever that came to observe and take notes on the native marriage didn't consider it a true marriage due to the fact that there was no marriage contact and that they were able to get a divorce, something completely foreign to Europeans as their marriage customs are "till death do they part" He even specified that the women, during childbirth would not have time off, they would do their business in giving birth and not have pain. He inadvertent states that they are far from God as the christin religion states that since Eve ate from the forbidden fruit
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