A House Divided (Film) The film s plot is based on the historical and true account of, Amanda Dickson
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, Oct 7, 2007
A House Divided (Film)
The film's plot is based on the historical and true account of, Amanda Dickson, a young Mixed-Race woman who returned to a plantation site in order to take back what is rightfully hers.
In doing so, the film shows the "refined" cruelties of slavery and the obnoxious ideology behind it.
Denied the land and house rightfully left to her by the plantation owner, who was also the man who fathered her, she enlists the help of a lawyer.
Together, they trudge towards a final victory which takes Miss Dickson back through the ravages and disappointments of time, where ever since childhood, her "blackness" and mother's identity and racial-admixture have essentially been kept in secret.
It has also been noted that, unlike some slave-period dramas, 'A House Divided' also shows how those White people (of that vile and shameful period in American history) who believed in the concept of racism were also prisoners (of sorts) of their own system of prejudice -- a prejudice that forbid interracial-love but allowed, and even fully encouraged, the forcible rape of the enslaved-women and the women-of-color in general -- and, yet, who also became indignant and even outraged that the Mixed-Race offspring that resulted, would not simply disappear into the dark and out of thier view.