Freedom Road

As my eyes passed through the black and white pages, the exhaustion I felt

was getting stronger and stronger. Keeping my eyes open was a struggle, since they

seemed to weigh a ton. I was irked by the content of this literary work, but

suddenly, a brief description of what seemed to be a perfect environment for for just

about anyone, “like a Greek temple,” received my full attention.

I saw a black man standing helplessly in a field at a time intolerance, racism,

and hatred prevailed amongst society. The description of this colossal residence

given by this helpless man, named Giddeon, expressed his desire for this “safe-

haven,” but yet I also sensed sorrow in between the lines of this description. The

reason for this is that a man of his nature was politically and socially unable to

pursue his dreams and hopes during that period of time.

This cruel treatment which Giddeon was forced to encounter made me

wonder how passionately he felt about modifying his standard of living, as well as,

his future. It also made me ponder about how much anger and vengefulness was

manifesting deep down in his heart. Would his anger be expressed through

actions or would he express it through silent rebellions which intern would

transform his political and social standings in society. My exhaustion resulted in

enthusiasm. This enthusiasm crushed my feeling of fatigue and I was tempted to

read on.

I soon discovered that Giddeons\', frustrations forced him to take action to

better his standing in society as well as for others in similar situations. I wonder if

he was successful in modifying his life-style. I realized that his passion was greater

than that of the white mans’ hatred, which was attempting to restrain him from

succeeding. Giddeons’ increased participation in politics enabled him to improve

his life. For example his fight for the Land Division Bill which was, “to take great

rebel plantations, break them down, and give each freedman forty acres and fifty

dollars for a homestead.” The great description given by Giddeon of the residence

in the past was not his own, but now he would be able to describe his very own