Monday, March 10, 2008


At Home in a Black World Cyber Assignment

The assignment is to look at three letters, identify one argument and its supporting evidence, then summarize the entire letter. This assignment is for the week. You can post it whenever you have completed the reading. continue posting responses each week until we complete this section.

Respond to another student's response also. There was an assignment given March 17. It's due March 19 before class. I gave another assignment Monday, March 31 and the final assignment is Wednesday, April 2. Each student is responsible for 4 posts from this section.

Theresa Smith
English 201 A
March 18,2008
Letters from Mississippi

Truly never knew blacks could survive in such a small settin they stuck together even though their house was small place everybody ate fat and had a little spot to sleep in.
"My views on ruralfucking America are well known.- [a] luxury that few sharecroppers or casual workers in Mississippi can hope to attain."[45]
Blacks people were living "in a small wood house with no running water and no sanitation facilities but they generally have a TV set, a freezer, a truck and a tractor...

Blacks were not allowed to vote, no civil rights leader came to Mississippi until 1952 because Bob Moses was killed four years earlier. Freedom Summer Project needed help getting the project off the ground with donation an every one full support.
"That November a freedom vote toook place in which 80,000 disenfranchised negroes cast their ballot for their own candidated in a mock state election which demonstrated that tey would vote if they could."
The freedom summer project begin in 1964 after they raised alot of money"over 1,000 people entered the state of Mississippi.
Sheriff Ceaser Bryd new the people was from out of town an facked like he was looking for a bunch of run away girls. checked the crew id's and noticed for sure they were from out of town, but did not know for sure until he looked at their ID.
"With some friends." ect., it became clear that he knew damn wll who we were and we knew that he knew when he finally gave up the circumlocution with" You come straight down from Oxford?
Theresa Smith
English 201 A
March 18,2008

My evidence about the civil rights movement to vote came from pg 44.
My evidence about the sheriff came from page 45
Dylan: Letters from Mississippi

Argument: The blacks were living in facilities that were not suitable to most of our ways in this day of age. The had some stuff such as electronics and food but nothing out of the ordinary. Many white people would laugh at these types of people not just because they were poor, but mainly because they were black, which is extremely racist.

Arguement: Blacks usually get along with each other mainly because they are used to being around one another, or so the myth says. They made it possible to survive by helping one another out with food, love, and a place to live and stay warm.

Arguement: Bob Moses was killed four years before 1952, the year when the civil rights leader came to Mississippi to make it possible for all blacks to vote whenever they wanted, just like white people. The Freedom Summer Project need donations and full support from everyone if they even had a chance for any hope to start the project.
Erik Del Nero
English 201 B
Tchula, July 6th

The story I am about to tell you is about a family who is living on a farm for the first time in their lives. The one argument that I believe I found was how different the lives were between the white people on the farm compared to the Negros on the farm. The Negros had not running water and their houses were made of small wood. To me these materials are extremely unexacceptable. Some of the stuff they did have was T.V., a freezer, a truck and a tractor. So, basically they just had farm material.
Some families had a lot of children. So, many families had to work their buts off to just feed their kids, which was sad. The kids had to sleep in a pinwheel fashion in order to fit in one bed. There was no such thing as space. There lives were depressing to me because they had to work all the time to just make ends meet. Some people from the north came to the south to help, but the people who owned the land said the people from the north can learn a lot from the people from the south about cooking.
This story overall is very sad. It shows how people struggled to stay alive while they lived on farms. The Negros who lived on the farms just literally prayed each day that they will survive.
Sophia Andrews
At Home in the Black World.
Pg. 50 Batesville Dear People.

Argument: Batesville welcomed us triumphantly
Evidence: Children and alduts waved along the labyrinth of dirt and paths and small wooden houses that characterizes the negro section of any Southern town
Evidence: In a few days scores of childrem knew us and called to us by name.
Evidence: we had been warned to expect fear and hostility, but we were immidiately invited to live and eat in Negro homes and to speak in Negro churches.

This letter was about the experience that Geoff had when he got to Batesville although people were telling them to expect one thing from these town peope fortunately they reciebved something totally different. A welcome warming, was what they were touched with.
Chesi Brown
Pg. 53
Canton, July 10 Dear John and Cleo

Argument: out hostesses are brave women. And their fear is not at all resentment of us, but that makes it none the easier for them.
Evidence: she told me she knows people have suffered and died too long and that we must take risk any less it wont go on forever.
Evidence: she sleeps with a hatcher under her bed.
In this letter Jo, talks about the women in this smal town that they were surrounded by, how they were very brave women, unlike what they were use to in their towns. Jo talks about the converstations that were even held with the brave women.
Sophia Andrews
Holmes County. July 8
Dear Mom, pg 57
Argument: I have become so close to the family I am staying with- eleven people.
Evidence: Mrs. H finally paid me a freat compliment. She was introducing me to one of her negro women friends and said. “ This is Nancy, my adopted daughter!”
Evidence: I baby sat for her one night and in general we have become very close friends
Evidence: all evening I have little children crawling over me and big boys 16, my buddies, combing my hair confiding in me, appreciating me because I will open my heart and mind to them and listen and care for them and show my concern.
Nancy is writing to her mother and explaining to her how she is finally developing a relationship with the negro family that she is staying with. Nacy expresses to her mother how much she appreciates being around a family that is appreciative of her as well as themselves, she says “ I may be sex, and lives starved as some like to picture me, but at least I have faced the problem and have found my own inner peace by being with people who have not forgotten how to love”
Sophia Andrews.
Rulevillle (pg 62) at home in a Black world
Argument: There are people here without food and clothing.
Evidence: Kids that eat a bit of bread for breakfast, chicken necks for dinner.
Evidence: Kids that don’t have clothes to go to achool in.
Evidence: old old people and young people chop [hoe[ cotton from sun up till sun down for $3 a day .
Evidence: they come home exhausted, its not enough to feed their family on.

In this letter Joel expresses how she sees all of these families, and children that are facing poverty. How they don’t make enough money to eat, and the children barely have clothes on their backs to attend school with. Joel talks about how these families are making no more then $3 a day with a rent that is $15, but they are surviving off of $30 a week. She mentions how a truck came in to bring a shipment of food and clothes but it did nothing but cause drama, unfortunately there isnt enough to evenly go around. It sound through Joel’s letter that she is pretty sincere and if she could do something about her observations then she would.
Sophia Andrews
Columbus (pg 69)
Argument: when the men from town here are drunk, they come up to the house saying “ shit, I’m not scared of anyhthing, hear.” By the next day they are crawling again. The fear in their faces is pathetic.
Evidence: last night a drunl man latched on to us. He kept talking about two things: he fought in Korea (shell shock and lost two toes) and when he returened, the same people he was fighting for treated him like a dog.
Bob talks about his experience in watching the negroes being drunk. How they talk about their feeling s the im sure they feel everyday, but they have nothing in them to actually knock their conscience mind out so that they can say and act oin these feelings, however when they are drunk its their world. But when they are sober they are right back in the white mans world.
English 201b 10-12

P46 : Itta Bena, June 28

To see the place in the real is so different from seeing pictures of it.

1.The Negro neighborhood hasn’t got a single paved street in it.
2.There are lots of smelly outhouses and many of the houses have no inside water.
3.No sinks are hooked up , so we wash out of buckets
4.Diarrhea due to new bugs in the water

Roy’s letter from Itta Bena, June 28 is about his experiences from a Negro Community. Their poverty was so serious than the situation he imagined before he came here.

P65 : Greenwood, July 11

I really cannot describe how sick I think this state is.

1.I repulsed by this state
2.I always think something has to be done down here.
3.Fear, the tension and the uncertainties of living here.
4.If I meet white, I frightened and walk fast.

The letter from Greenwood, July 11 shows that how the volunteers identified and assimilated with the Negro’s world. They got same treatment of the Negro, have tension and threaten and afraid of white in South.
Chesi Brown
April 6, 2008
English 201B

Home of the Black world
Pg (57)
Holmes County, July 8
Dear Mom,

It is such a human sight: such love oozes from this house I can't began to explain.

Evidence: #1
All evening I have little children crawling over me and big boys, 16, my buddies, combing my hair, confiding in me, appreciating me.

Evidence: #2
I will open my heart and mind to them and listen and care for them and show my concern.

Evidence: #3
I may be sex- and love- starve, as some like to picture me, but at least I have facd the problem and have found my own inner peace by being with people who have not fogotten how to love

3:41 PM
Chesi Brown
April 6, 2008
English 201B

At home in a black world cyber

Clarksdale, July 3
Dear Mom and Dad,
Pg. (71)
Thoughts of the thousands of Negroes, hundreds of thousands who will be helped by the bill, and the millions of poor whom it will give dignity but no bread.

Evidence #1
Watching the signing was a moment of happiness and pain of hurt: people here in Clarkdale all know about that bill but tomorrow and Saturday, the 4th of July, they will still be in th cotton fields making three dollar a day.

Evidence: #2
They'll still be in white homes working as maids, making three dollars a day.

Evidence: #3
They'll still be starving and afraid.

Bob, is writing to his parent's
about his mix emotion's of happines and pain. Over the Civil right's Act, because the Civil right's Act is still not helpinh black with better jobs, and better benfits.
Carmen Truong
Sabir 10-12
At Home in a Black World
Argument: (pg. 50)
The Batesville welcomed the volunteer to move in.
“Children and adults waved from their porches and shouted hello as we walked along the labyrinth of dirt paths and small wooden houses that characterize the Negro section of any Southern town.”
“In a few days scores of children knew us and called us by name.”
“Sometimes when we pass by, the children cheer...”
The volunteer went to Batesville and couldn’t expect anything worst since everyone welcomed them, children and adults cheer when they see them walking. They also invited them to live and eat.

Argument: (pg. 51)
The people are happy to see the volunteer.
“I’ve waited 80 years for you to come and I just have to give you this little bit to let you know how much we appreciate your coming.”
When the volunteer came down to the white people land, the people were happy to see them to fight for freedom and the right to vote. People would pray for them.

Argument: (pg. 51)
The Whites seems like they enjoy looking at the blacks as if like they never seen black people before.”
“Neighbors file in and out to have a look at us.”
“The older ladies like to feel our skin; the kids are fascinated by our hair; every body makes an appraisal of some sort – either we’re “skinny” or “pretty” or “clean” or “young.”
The people seem to be interested in black people, their hair and the color of their skin. They seem to be very friendly with them.
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