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The Role of Black Women in Southern America The post-Civil War era of the United States led to radical changes in the demographics of its citizens Reconstruction led to liberal thoughts on the equality of blacks and women These ideas although never passed into law influenced the way minorities had a voice in the government By the 1920 black men and white women had equal rights as citizens but black women were still treated as though not deserving of equal status as though they were de mule uh de world In Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston epitomizes the feminist goals of black women to become an equal to that of their male counterparts through Janies relationships with Logan Jody and Tea Cake Janies first marriage is to Logan Killicks Her grandmother has arranged the marriage to Logan in hopes of Janie having a better life Nanny was treated as a mule uh de world and wants life to be different for Janie When married to Logan Janie is told to work and resents it He stops talking in rhymes to her Logan tries to force her to plow behind a mule but before he can she leaves With Logan she is treated as a mule not as a woman Her voice is almost nonexistent until the end of their relationship She tries to protest his demands for work but is still compliant to him Logan is left behind in search of a life with Jody Jody is a confident man who acts like Mr Washburn or somebody like that He has plans on building a town and although he spoke for far horizon and not sun-up and pollen Janie can see that with him she is closer to being equal He tells her that she has no mo business wid uh plow than uh hog has got wid uh holiday It seems as though with Jody Janie would not be treated
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