African-American Discrimination

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African-Americans have always endured discrimination throughout history. In 1879 and 1880, a large number of Southern blacks traveled to Kansas pursuing freedom from violence, economic opportunity, political equality and access to education. Although these 40,000 to 60,000 individuals were courageous to reach Kansas many ended up as inexperienced laborers. In 1900, they possessed a smaller fraction of land than they had at the end of Reconstruction. Black males were prohibited from employments in offices such as clerks and from administrative positions in workshops and factories. Even though Southern blacks carried on to cast ballots Democrats replaced elective officials and modified district lines in counties with African-American majorities.
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