SEO Scholars at Vassar

As high school students in the SEO Scholars Program spend a week at Vassar College intensely engaging the American civil rights movement, they post short critical reading and writing exercises to this site—it is a repository for their ideas, a chance for them to comment on each other’s work, and a way to share and continue that work with teachers and peers at home. Enjoy.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

staying in place

For those living in antebellum america, african americans were taught to keep their place/ status and learn never to exceed the white man. African americans were taught to "keep my eyes in front where they belong" (Gaines, 111) or to "never again attempt to exceed my bounderies" (Wright, 230). This conditioning forced many in the black population to underestimate themselves especially in the economic world then. By keeping the population ignorant, the whites were able to control blacks into losing what power they had gained politically and socially.

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