The people from Africa were generally part of early American history; however, Africans had experience slavery under better conditions compared to the conditions imposed by other civilized society. From the Egyptian Empire to the Empire of Songhai, slavery was practice for the betterment of their society, however, foreigners invaded these regions and took their slave, their ports and impose these people to a life of servitude in the Caribbean islands and in the English’s colonies. Furthermore, the African American slaves were an active agent of society in the earliest period of American history; they have brought new religious practices to their community; for instance, they constructed networks of communities; they had fought in war alongside
It became a part of society because of the decisions made, not because it was already in place, or natural. Additionally, the more specific choice to use African Americans as slaves was because of “the impossibility of using Indians and the difficulty of using whites, the availability of blacks offered in greater and greater numbers by profit-seeking dealers in human flesh, and with such blacks possible to control because they had just gone through an ordeal” (Zinn 1). The settlers decided to use what was most convenient to them, again, a selection they made. Finally, their treatment of the African American slaves as cruel and ruthless, for instance packing a large amount of them in a boat for transportation,, further shows the decisions they made for their convenience, showing how racism is not
This war was the beginning of it all, it created the United States, and it unified us as a country. Before the American Revolution, we were under strict British control. Yes, we had right, but they had to be granted to us. But that would all change post-war. Also the war inspired others, it changed the life’s of women, and it gave some power to more ordinary people, not just the elites and changed more of the social aspects of society.
Thurgood Marshall played a part in the change through his rulings on the Supreme Court and by helping defend others like on the decisive Supreme Court case “Brown v. The Board of Education”. As Marshall stated once "The position of the Negro today in America is the tragic but inevitable consequence of centuries of unequal treatment . . . In light of the sorry history of discrimination and its devastating impact on the lives of Negroes, bringing the Negro into the mainstream of American life should be a state interest of the highest order.
The civil war had a very profound effect on America and what it has become today. With the civil war many changes took place such as 13th, 14th, and 15th amendment. Women’s rights were put forth into motion. Along with Reconstruction laws being passes and the push back that these laws caused. During this time the south became even more divided and started to take things into account and create their own laws in regards to racism.
The Emancipation Proclamation declared slavery a moral issue, made it a focus of the Civil War, confirmed Europe 's rejection of the South’s war, and created new experiences for former slaves post Civil War. Though many people believe the Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves, it didn’t. The reason being, the south was classifying themselves as their own country lead by Jefferson Davis. As the country restored, the southern states gradually rejoined the Union. Now that the former slaves were freed, they had to start a new life, luckily they had an aspiring attitude.
This Supreme Court landmark judgement truly made progress towards an equal society and ultimately changed the countries social and national policies. This case surely affected the way the country would react in the years coming. I think the Civil Rights Movement indeed gained its momentum from this case and would eventually transform the United States acceptance to the diversity in the
Post Civil War, African Americans started to gain rights to gain rights, and soon gain rights equal to whites. While there were some people/things standing in their way (KKK, Black Codes), in the end they got what they needed; Equality. Many acts and laws were passed to aid the new rights now held by African Americans, as well as the numerous people willing to help. New Amendments were added to give African Americans rights after the war, all giving them some equal rights to whites. The first of the three added was the Thirteenth Amendment, it gave African Americans freedom from slave owners, and stated that no one could be kept as a slave in the U.S..
This lead to the desire to maintain of authority over the African-American race. Anglo-Saxons Americans became the “employing and land-owning” class, while African-Americans became exclusively the “laboring class” (Course Reader 5). The newly granted citizenships created a need for additional resources. Grady in a speech takes note of this by saying, “No section shows a more prosperous laboring population than the [black southerners]… He shares our school fund, has the fullest protection of our laws…” (Course Reader 5). These words demonstrate why white southerners viewed the African-Americans as problems; they saw black southerners as partakers of their resources.
The writings by J. Vance Lewis show the ability of one individual who was able to overcome not only life and its challenges as a slave, but to persevere in the daily obstacles thrown at him to eventually better himself. Joseph Vance Lewis, as a slave, grew up in Louisiana on a plantation where life there was the only thing many knew. So when the freedom associated with the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863, allowed many slaves the ability to better their lives, they were unable to , as society had set them up to know only how to do things on the plantations and not in rest of the civilized world. The life, as Lewis knew growing up was full of “butterflies and mockingbirds where the skies were never cloudy. While those around him much older,
The promise of freedom lured them. Since a large number of these slaves had decided to desert their masters, the slavery institution in some parts of the Southern states started to collapse. Another factor that caused more strain on slavery was the issue of liberty. Once the United States declared itself an independent state after its victory during the revolution war, it started to place special emphasis on freedom.
Throughout the eras, the values of society have been altered and developed to fit what is occurring in that time. People change what they believe in to accommodate the obstacles society is facing in that moment. The idea of “freedom” throughout the decades has been modified to shape to that individual’s conception of how the United States has treated them. In reading pieces of writing from the Revolutionary, Civil/Post Civil, and Early 20th century era, it becomes noticeable that during different centuries, society has turned its back on particular groups of people. The difficulties these persons faced throughout their life, helped shape their beliefs to how freedom is restricted or given in America.
As the ink flowed onto the paper through 56 determined signers, The Declaration of Independence was our first hope into the future. The end of British tyranny was upon us. The People had hoped to get a voice in our government as well as support the idea of civil disobedience; which resulted in the Bill of Rights. We had hopes for a better future in where we thrived and built our foundation on democracy - and more importantly, to be America. Becoming a new country influences domestic industry.