In modern day history, Executive Order 8802 granted The United States’ a first black president, Barack Obama. As a country, The United States has experienced many hardships and accomplishments, but it is what makes America a strong country. FDR took a grand leap in issuing Executive Order 8802 ,as it changed the lives’ of many who had been stripped of their voice for years, and finally began to regain it with Executive Order
The title of the poem “One Today” says it all. Richard Blanco’s motive was the same as Maya Angelou’s which was to spread unity, peace, and equality by coming together. With obama being the first african american president i find this poem extremely important due to the fact that we are no longer living in the past. Blanco states this in the very first sentence ”One sun rose on us today”. He could 've said “yesterday”or “tomorrow” but he chose to say today”.
According to the text, some historians thought the south had won because of the many obstacles they had overcome. I agree with many of the historians because if it wasn’t for the amending of the laws and the Constitution, African Americans would still be held in bondage. Due to this change there were several major victories for African Americans that guaranteed them recognition as citizens and equality (Foner 442). The amending of these laws opened many doors that African Americans never thought was possible. First, the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 freed all slaves in states fighting the Union and allowed blacks to enlist in the Union Army (Dautrich and Yalof 115).
Reconstruction Era I believe the Reconstruction era is considered a success in that it ended the separation between the North and the South and that it restored the United States as a unified nation. The 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendment was added to the constitution. The 13th amendment outlawed slavery, the 14th amendment protected all Americans under the law and the 15th amendment extend suffrage to all men. The Freedman’s Bureau and the Civil Rights Act worked to get African Americans back on their feet. For the first time black men were elected to government positions such as governor and senator.
The blacks in the north were allowed to organized and protest. Benjamin Franklin and Alexander Hamilton founded the Pennsylvania society for abolition and slavery in 1831. Also another fact is William Lloyd garrison publishes the first edition of the liberation England. Civil Rights and the Civil War Amendments wanted us to know about Dred Scott v. Sanford in regards to the “white slave owners did what they wanted with the black slaves , because they had no rights”(443). Illinois was a free state for blacks.
The Jim Crow Laws were created in the South between the end of Reconstruction in 1877 and the beginning of the civil rights movement in the 1950s. These laws were enforced through racial segregation. The quote “separate but equal” came about due to the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in Plessy vs Ferguson. Later on, the case came about because of segregation in public schools. In the same year, similar kinds of Jim Crow laws came about called which they called ¨black codes¨. Before the Civil War, both races could work side by side, but as long as the slave knew his place.
The Civil War settled the fate of slavery. The victory of the Union assured the freedom of enslaved African Americans. “The 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution granted freedom, citizenship, and equal protection of the law to all born in the United States, and declared that the right to vote could not be denied because of race or color. In effect, these amendments grafted the Declaration of Independence onto the
The most recent amendment that has been ratified was the 15th amendment which granted black men the right to vote. Though our nation has made progress I believe it hasn’t made enough progress. I believe that if we extend reconstruction women should also have the right to
The age of reconstruction gave the black population in our country many new rights and now that they had all been set free, groups such as the freedmen 's bureau would help them get a good education as well as places to live and food to eat. They would be able to vote as well as hold positions of power in the government, and it was all thanks to the 14th and 15th amendments. The 14th amendment gave citizenship to those who had been born in America, including slaves, and became a stepping stone on the way to the 15th amendment. Once the 15th amendment had been passed, African Americans would be able to vote, and although this angered women 's rights activists, it was also a big jump towards total racial equality. Even though the rights of the African American population were improved 10 fold, our country wouldn 't’ reach that final step of equality until the civil rights movement of the 60’s and 70’s in our nation.
The Thirteenth Amendment took some time to pass. Johnson really didn’t want blacks to have rights. He did everything in his power to make sure African Americans didn’t have freedom. After slavery was abolished the black codes came up in the summer of 1865 in the South. These codes were basically promoting slavery once again but using a different name.
In a way, this can be compared to Lincoln with the emancipation proclomation. The difference between the two, is that Lincoln freed the slaves which were a fraction of the country. The declaration of
“I shall see this day and its popular characteristics from the slave’s point of view” (Douglass). Everyone is human, so they should all have the same human rights, but slaves were stripped from them all. Fourth of July was set upon to celebrate the freedom won after the war, yet there were still millions of people who were not free. Frederick Douglass does not believe that he, along with other African Americans, should celebrate Fourth of July because they were not included in the freedom that was won. Douglass simply reminded everyone that just because the Declaration of Independence was signed, there were still slaves in the world.
The 15th Amendment (Amendment XV), which gave African-American men the right to vote, was inserted into the U.S. Constitution on March 30, 1870. Passed by Congress the year before, the amendment says, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” Although the amendment was passed in the late 1870s, many racist practices were used to oppose African-Americans from voting, especially in the Southern States like Georgia and Alabama. After many years of racism, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 aimed to overthrow legal barricades at the state and local levels that deny African-Americans their right to vote. In the
The Eighteenth Amendment, also known as the Prohibition Act, took effect as of January 16, 1920, outlawing the manufacture, sale, and transport of alcoholic beverages in the United States from January 1920 till December 6, 1933. Prohibition was established to reduce the effects that alcohol had on families and on society. When primarily men consumed too much alcohol, their actions often resulted in domestic violence,often interfering with men's work performance, and money wasted that the family needed to support families. The prohibition period was very unsuccessful due to people wanting and doing whatever it took to get alcohol now that it was illegal, no matter how enforced prohibition was, leading to many Americans smuggling illegal alcohol