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From the year 1910 to the year 1945 the United States had undergone some of the most significant hardships Within this time the Great Depression took place leaving many people unemployed and many people left without food or proper necessities There was also World War I and the influx of foreign peoples to the United States In the south the major problem was racial tension Although there was an emersion of African American culture there were also serious problems such as segregation the development of the Ku Klux Klan and the invention of the Jim Crow laws Another issue facing this time was sexism Most of society believed that a wife was owned by her husband and she must obey and follow his rules 1910 to 1945 were also the years in which The Color Purple by Alice Walker took place Celie the main character is an African American woman with great wealth but of little importance due to the color of her skin However in this novel the racial and sexual hardships the oppressed Celie faces only makes her strongerThe way Celie was treated as a child is a prime example of sexism Her father had raped her several times infesting her with an incestual pregnancy He did this as her mother was dying This shows how the father saw women as an object rather than human beings with a right to live and live healthily If this had happened this day and age I am sure that it would not have gone unnoticed Consequences of such a disgusting crime would be harsh As if this was not bad enough her father gave her to Albert without any consent of Celie herself He claimed that he would not give up Nettie and that he better take Celie because she knows how to cook clean and take care of children Albert therefore takes Celie without any wish of love but with the prime consideration that
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