Ruby Bridges – American History

Once, I was in a bookstore and while browsing around, I came across a book called Ruby Bridges: Black History and the Making of the American People. When I decided to buy this book, I found that the author was one of my favorite African American historical authors. She has worked on every important historical figure from Harriet Tubman, Langston Hughes, Frederick Douglass, and Helen Keller to Jesse Jackson and Oprah Winfrey. Her work on Harriet Tubman has been showcased in many of the major Hollywood films.

In her book she talks about how America as an African American has experienced so much of the history and social climate that comes with racism and discrimination. It is said that we are the last generation to have faced this form of discrimination and can never go back to that time. She tells the story of our history and how it is difficult to reverse the negative effects of racism.

In her autobiography she wrote about how she grew up in a white family in Kansas City. At that time many of the African Americans left the city for the suburbs, where they had better jobs and lives. Ruby Bridges had to put up with a lot of racism when she was growing up.

At the age of ten Ruby Bridges was kidnapped by a white supremacist group in an act of revenge for the death of a close friend. After being kidnapped, she was sold to a white couple who forced her to do menial labor. From that point on she was enslaved in their home.

While living there she wrote her first book in a Southern style. The slave owners soon discovered her and began beating her. There were only three rooms in her house. In order to escape, she used her hand to smudge a mirror to create a hole in her house so she could crawl through it.

Her story continued to be told as she crawled from room to room, coming out of one to see if the pages buckle and then another. Ruby was rescued by her master.

The American Civil War was one of the most important events of the entire black slavery era. Many Southern states were hostile to black people and fought against the Union. The results of the war were very important to the American people, especially during Reconstruction.

In the early years of Reconstruction, the states that participated in the war actually got back into their former status and most were granted new rights of citizenship. Another significant thing was the adoption of the 14th Amendment, which gave all citizens equal rights under the law and started the fight for the right to vote.

In her autobiography, she also mentions how she witnessed the rise of Jim Crow laws in many Southern states and how they encouraged a kind of mob mentality. Ruby Bridges tells her story in a very emotional manner and lets the reader know that she is real.

Ruby Bridges was never too old to be in a civil rights movement. Her only problem was that she had no voice.

For those who are interested in learning more about our history in America, it would be a good idea to pick up a copy of Ruby Bridges’ autobiography. While it has some bad parts, it has a lot of positive stuff as well.