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Post traumatic slave syndrome : America's legacy of enduring injury and healing

Author: Joy DeGruy Leary
Publisher: [Portland, Oregon] : Joy DeGruy Publications, 2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the 16th century, the beginning of African enslavement in the Americas until the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment and emancipation in 1865, Africans were hunted like animals, captured, sold, tortured, and raped. They experienced the worst kind of physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual abuse. Given such history, isn't it likely that many of the enslaved were severely traumatized? And did the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joy DeGruy Leary
ISBN: 9780985217273 0985217278
OCLC Number: 1022949882
Notes: Originally published in hardcover by Uptone Press in 2005.
Description: iv, 241 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: I don't even notice race --
Whole to three-fifths: dehumanization --
Crimes against humanity --
Post traumatic slave syndrome --
Slavery's children --
Healing.
Responsibility: Joy DeGruy; foreward by Randall Robinson

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In the 16th century, the beginning of African enslavement in the Americas until the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment and emancipation in 1865, Africans were hunted like animals, captured, sold, tortured, and raped. They experienced the worst kind of physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual abuse. Given such history, isn't it likely that many of the enslaved were severely traumatized? And did the trauma and the effects of such horrific abuse end with the abolition of slavery? Emancipation was followed by one hundred more years of institutionalized subjugation through the enactment of Black Codes and Jim Crow laws, peonage, convict leasing, domestic terrorism and lynching. Today the violations continue, and when combined with the crimes of the past, they result in yet unmeasured injury. What do repeated traumas, endured generation after generation by a people produce? What impact have these ordeals had on African Americans today? The author answers these questions and more. With over thirty years of practical experience as a professional in the mental health field, the author encourages African Americans to view their attitudes, assumptions, and behaviors through the lens of history and so gain a greater understanding of how centuries of slavery and oppression has impacted people of African descent in America. This book helps to lay the necessary foundation to ensure the well-being and sustained health of future generations and provides a rare glimpse into the evolution of society's belief, feelings, attitudes and behavior concerning race in America.

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