Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years Setting & Symbolism

Sarah Louise Delany
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Segregation is a main topic in "Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters First 100 Years" written by Sarah and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth. The book makes references to slavery throughout the country, before and after the Civil War. Henry Delany was a slave until age 7. Even after slavery became illegal, Negroes were seen as being inferior beings, not much better than animals. The Delanys, and people like them, fought hard to prove that the belief was erroneous and ridiculous.

Even the issue-free Negroes in Virginia and other places were victims of segregation. However, the sisters point out that the lighter the person's skin, the less racism he would experience. It would never be easy.

After the Civil War, education became crucial to blacks wanting to advance in society. Schools for Negroes began to crop up all around the country. St. Augustine's School was such a...

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