Maddie american girl doll slave
Meet Addy: An American Girl by Connie Rose PorterAddy Walkers family is planning a dangerous escape
from slavery in the summer of 1864. But before they can make the escape, the worst happens--Master Stevens decides to sell some of his slaves, including Poppa and Addys brother, Sam. Addy and Momma take the terrible risk of escaping by themselves, hoping that the family eventually will be together again in Philadelphia. Set during Americas own struggle over slavery, the Civil War, Addys story is one of great courage and love--love of family and love of freedom.
American Girl, Your Slave Doll is a Big, Fat, Offensive FAIL
For about 2 months, my daughter has been begging for an American Girl doll. Still, yesterday, I decided to go to the American Girl site to see just how much it would set me back and which doll I might get for my daughter. I just knew that, in this day and age, there would have to be at least one or two dolls that look like my daughter and other little girls like her: smooth chocolate skin, beautiful features, etc. The headline of this post is so obvious that it should go without saying. So let me say it, in no uncertain terms.
Addy was released in Fall and is part of the BeForever collection. Addy is a very brave, loving, thoughtful, and kind child, who often risks her safety for the safety of others. She is very close-knit with her family and is devastated that they are separated early in the series; when they get back together, she is still tied closely to them. Her friends say she has strong "family pride". She does not like slavery or the hard work she endured as a slave. Poppa describes her as being of the age where a child learns they are a slave and the hope they had as a child is being broken by the daily burdens of being a slave.
The dolls portray eight- to eleven-year-old girls of a variety of ethnicities. They are sold with accompanying books told from the viewpoint of the girls. Originally the stories focused on various periods of American history, but were expanded in to include contemporary characters and stories, the latest addition being WellieWishers, a line of This product line aims to teach aspects of American history through a six book series from the perspective of a nine-year-old girl living in that time period. Although the books are written for the eight-to-thirteen-year-old target market, they endeavor to cover topics such as child labor , child abuse , poverty , racism , slavery , alcoholism , animal abuse , and war in manners appropriate for the understanding and sensibilities of the company's target market. The first dolls were created with white muslin bodies, but these cloth bodies were changed in from a white muslin to a matching flesh tone.
Perspectives on Culture. Marcia Chatelain Dec 1, For my beloved sustained silent reading time at school, I brought unauthorized biographies of Elizabeth Taylor and Hillary Clinton from home. Even the somewhat edgier Nancy Drew series delivered the same ending every time: Nancy never failed to decipher the mystery by winding an antique clock or tapping a fake bookshelf. The cynicism that serves me well as a historian today was nursed on the stuff I believed that adults read. I enjoyed reading about real-life challenges—dramatic accidents, lost fortunes, and divorces from Richard Burton. So, when Perspectives on History asked me to take a look at the American Girl series, I was discovering the bestselling books for the first time.
In , a nine-year-old slave girl was punished for daydreaming. Distracted by rumors that her brother and father would be sold, she failed to remove worms from the tobacco leaves she was picking. Instead, he pried her mouth open, stuffed a worm inside, and forced her to eat it. This girl is not real. Her name is Addy Walker; she is an American Girl doll, one of eight historical dolls produced by the Pleasant Company who arrive with dresses, accessories, and a series of books about their lives. At eight years old, I understood that slavery was cruel—I knew about hard labor and whippings—but the idea of a little girl being forced to eat a worm stunned me.