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Working with the Past No one knows with certainty what really happen to African-Americans during in my opinion the worst historical moments of our American culture The deliberated effort to intentionally destroy the African culture was insidious yet only through the creative spirit of many of them we can now have a small glimpse of what happen how did women survive where do they get their strength and what message they impart with their children Working with Past is itself a creative work of art an effort to recapitulate the experiences faced by African-American women their creative spirit and how they have been able to passed down this spirit through generation as Walker states in spite of societal barriers p902 I have for the many years I lived in this country read and study about the history of Blacks1 in this country despite my own sense of rage and disbelief I still can not been begin to image how as group Blacks in this country survived Personally I was touch by Walkers essay because she is able to convey with elegant prose and intellectual finesse how at that period of time despite the limited freedom they have history was transferred mostly through mother and grandmothers and as such Black history is a family matter p738 Using the work of Virginia Wolf from her book A Room of Ones Own as a background to illustrate her point that African-American women they neither had the privileged to have a room of her own or enough money to support herself nor they had the freedom to express herself Black women born or made a slave would have been feared and mocked chain thwarted if she would express her gift of poetry The freedom to be alone independent self-sustained is a privileged often not shared by African- American women p 742 Yet mothers and grandmothers created history and transferred their values feelings efforts creatively
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