Brennan Gump

Untitled1.pngBorn- September 30,1822 in Philadelphia
Married with two boys and two girls.
Born free and stays free.

Brennan Gump was born in Philadelphia, PA as a free man. His parents were both free and moved to Philadelphia to stay free. At the age of 13 Brennan had lost his parents in a tragic accident. A bunch of white people that thought his parents were lying about being free had killed them in a very vicious way. With that Brennan had went and tried to make a living by himself. He had worked in the fields and made a manageable amount of money for a slave. While working he met a slave name Destiny. He had kept his eye on her and in a few months he was trying to marry her. After working for 3 years in the field Brennan bought Destiny and had married her. Together they had four kids and were happy until Brennan decided to go fight in the Civil War. He felt that he owed it to his parents and knew it would be a great way to pay them respect. As time went on Brennan prepared for the war and let nothing stop him. He trained hard and by the time it was time he was ready to go. When Brennan got to the base camp it was a whole different thing. He had never expected to see such a thing and nothing could prepare him for what he was witnessing. The dead body’s on the ground, the smell of fear, the look of fear on every soldier’s face but he knew he had to do this. At the war he had met a guy name Dale who was an educated slave. He had wrote Brennan letters to send back to his home and insure his wife that he was safe and going to be okay. As the war went on things got harder and the war got even more brutal. It was getting harder to survive on a daily base and Brennan and Dale had to learn to work together. While fighting Dale had gotten hurt and Brennan had tried everything in his power to help him. He was tired of everyone close by him dying or getting hurt. Without thinking about it Brennan went to the front of line to serve his duty. Throughout the years of the war he had managed pretty well. He had been so close to death that he was almost able to taste it. As the war was starting to end Brennan was trying to find a way home to surprise his family. He had survived through the war and wanted to see his family. When a crate was going to Philadelphia he sneaked on it and then walked one thousand miles to get to his house. To his misfortune when he got home his wife was no longer there. She had left a message saying she was tired of living there without him there so she got her stuff and left. Brennan was so sad and tried to find her but he couldn’t. after searching for a year he gave up. In 1867 Brennan had committed suicide because he was so lonely and depressed. After he committed suicide his family had been located but it was to late. The year after he went for the war his family had been bought into slavery and couldn’t fight against it. Brennan Gump had lived from September 30, 1822 to June 22 1867.The fair soldier was announced in many papers as one of the most heroic black people in the world.

Notes #1

What is slavery and why does it exist?
In my thought slavery is a from of force-meant to do something that you don’t get paid for or get paid very little. In slavery a person will have to work long hours and obey someone. In the cases that I heard about the slave masters were white men and women who thought they were better than black men and women. Slavery had carried own throughout the years and with the slavery their was also racism.
Slaves were people who were brought from their country (Africa) to America to be beaten and put to work. When the work didn’t get done the slaves got beat badly for it. Slaves would go days and days of working with little food and very little rest. They had to cook, clean, and do everything else that their slave master’s could think of. Not only did they have to do that but some of the slave woman were used as sex slaves
Slavery was a period were black people were treated unfairly just because of the color of their skin. They had endured many hardships but in the end made it through and helped the world today become what it is. Slavery may have broken down a lot of the people in our time but in the end it made us as a race a lot stronger.
Note #2
Write about THREE instances of resistance to slavery that you have read/heard about.

There were many reasons why slavery had started. One of them was the fact that white men and women had thought that they were better than other races. They took African people away from their homes in Africa and made them work hard and treated them work until they couldn’t bear it. They had to work from night to day and then when their master’s felt that they didn’t respect them they were beaten. 
 Another reason for slavery is that the white people needed someone to do their labor for a low cost. They had them work and got paid very little money. On top of not getting paid that much they also had to have their kids work. Slavery also made the slaves have to follow their rules, which if they didn’t do could cause a lot of problems.
Slavery was one of the biggest problems in America at the time. Having to be treated unfairly and then getting beat for not following the rules was a big problem as well. And when the slaves ran to get free they had to deal with the server consequences. Abolishing slavery didn’t change the fact that there was still slavery in the America. Problems still arose but people were one step closer to a better America.

Note #3

Write about one or two African Americans that you have head speak or whose speeches you have read in the newspapers.

Sojourner Truth’s speech “ Ain’t I a Woman”
“Well, children, where there is so much racket there must be something out of kilter. I think that 'twixt the negroes of the South and the women at the North, all talking about rights, the white men will be in a fix pretty soon. But what's all this here talking about?
That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain't I a woman? Look at me! Look at my arm! I have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain't I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man - when I could get it - and bear the lash as well! And ain't I a woman? I have borne thirteen children, and seen most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother's grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain't I a woman?
Then they talk about this thing in the head; what's this they call it? [member of audience whispers, "intellect"] That's it, honey. What's that got to do with women's rights or negroes' rights? If my cup won't hold but a pint, and yours holds a quart, wouldn't you be mean not to let me have my little half measure full?
Then that little man in black there, he says women can't have as much rights as men, 'cause Christ wasn't a woman! Where did your Christ come from? Where did your Christ come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothing to do with Him.
If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back , and get it right side up again! And now they is asking to do it, the men better let them.
Obliged to you for hearing me, and now old Sojourner ain't got nothing more to say.” Found on the website

In this speech Sojourner Truth was trying to get her point across that she was a woman and there for should be treated like one. She states that she is a woman and should have the same right as everyone else. She points out that she can eat, work, and do a lot more things that a mans could do and yet she is still a woman.
Sojourner points out that she’s a woman and should be treated as such. She mentions how God wasn’t a woman but yet he still made them meant to be equal. She also says that woman are hear to put the earth the right side up. Woman came here for a good reason and with that men and women need each other to survive in the earth.

Status Updates

1) It's November 6,1860 and Abraham Lincoln is the president.
2) Today, March 4,1861, Abraham Lincoln is sworn into office.
3) On July 21,1861 some Union troops go back to Washington. President Lincoln the realizes it's going to be a long and crazy war.
4) March 8,1862, not only is the war going on but Lincoln's son died. People think it's because the drinking water was polluted. Things are getting crazier as the war goes on.
5) April 6-7 1862, there was a surprise attack Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's unprepared troops at Shiloh on the Tennessee River.
6) September 17,1862 was the bloodiest day in the war.At least 26,000 soldiers were missing, wounded, or dead. The Gen. then retreated and went back to Virginia.
7) March 3, 1863, male citizens ages 20-45 were drafted to go to the war.
8) My 10, 1863 Stonewall Jackson dies from his wounds.
9) November 4, 1864 President Lincoln is re-elected president.
10) December 6, 1865 the 13th amendment is passed. Slavery is finally over.
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