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After the abolishment of slavery the black community became the core of African American culture and life This was due in part by segregation and other socioeconomic factors but also to the spiritual and social unity of each black member This was well exemplified in the story as each former slave underwent arduous struggles to affix the broken pieces of their lives and attempt to become independent members of the community in a time which did not allow them to accomplish such a feat The black community played a major role in Beloved especially with their interactions with Sethe After Sethes escape from slavery she traveled to Cincinnati to reunite with her children and mother-in-law Baby Suggs She arrived at 124 a house constantly filled with people and happiness Where not one but two pots simmered on the stove where the lamp burned all night long Strangers rested while their children tried on their shoes Messages were left there for whoever needed them was sure to stop in one day soon Morrison 87 Sethe was enveloped with love and security while Baby Suggs the local spiritual leader became the driving force in the community gathering the people together to preach self love and respect When warm weather came Baby Suggs holy followed by every black man woman and child who could make it through took her great heart to the Clearing Morrison 87 Toni Morrisons Beloved is a book about a community made up of individuals running away from their pasts In meeting a few of those individuals and learning how and what they are running from it becomes obvious that no one can deal successfully with the burden of past memories alone Those who attempt to face their troubles alone wind up tiring out and giving up as is demonstrated by Baby Suggs Sethe and Paul D however try to fight back the past only to realize it cannot be done alone After doing
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