Journal Entry of a Subordniate Group

Journal Entry of a Subordinate Group Member
Nina Sloan

Journal Entry of a Subordinate Group Member
Today I watched as the 44th president was sworn in; I insisted that all my children and grandchildren gather at my home to watch also. Some of my younger grandchildren didn’t understand why this was so important to me, so before the ceremony began I told them the story of how our family began. Our ancestors derive from Sierra Leon, Africa, a country off the coast of the Atlantic Ocean; our ancestors were brought to the United States by force during the slave trades. My great- great grandmother was born a slave on a plantation in South Carolina and lived most of her life as the property of another human being.   My great grandmother was born in the south   in 1873 during what was called the reconstruction period shortly after the abolishment of slavery,   although slavery had been abolished the future still seemed very bleak for a black woman with no education, property or money.   By 1893 when my grandmother was born our family still resided in the south were the living conditions for blacks seemed to get direr by the year.
Our family was determined and remained in the south another 30 years, partly because we had never ventured out anywhere else and all our relatives lived in the south. During the early 1900s around the time my mother was born, blacks were afraid to walk the streets after dark for fear of being terrorized or even murdered, lynching and false accusations had become a very real reality for blacks in the south.   In 1931 our home along with 6 other families was burned to the ground by the klu klux clan, rather than rebuild our family left the south along with a large number of blacks and headed north. My father had heard rumors that things were different for blacks in the north and had hopes of securing a job in one of the automotive factories.   My family joined relatives in Detroit, where we eventually settled and began rebuilding...