Although slavery was declared over after the passing of the thirteenth amendment, African Americans were not being treated with the respect or equality they deserved. Socially, politically and economically, African American people were not being given equal opportunities as white people. They had certain laws directed at them, which held them back from being equal to their white peers. They also had certain requirements, making it difficult for many African Americans to participate in the opportunity to vote for government leaders. Although they were freed from slavery, there was still a long way to go for equality through America’s reconstruction plan.
The allusions used various aspects of America in order to tell the story of the hardships that African Americans had faced. African Americans lack of basic rights during this time period in a place where everyone is considered, “free” is frustrating and created anger. African Americans should be considered as an equal citizen, they seemed to have found a home in a place where hopes and a better future was not there. Hughes wanted to convey that America should be free for all, and stand by its motto instead, of restricted for
After the American Civil War (1865), the Cherokee nation concluded a new treaty with the US, granting freedom and Cherokee citizenship to Negro slaves living among the tribe. The ancestors of Cora Peoples was a part of this group. Cora Mae (1902). Though the harsh treatment of enslaved Africans largely paled in comparison to that of white slaveholders, Blacks still were treated as an underclass among Native Americans. The tribes even established slave codes that protected owner's’ property rights and restricted the rights of Blacks.
Also, he does address the topic of slavery referring to, “the gross but somewhat foreign form of servitude called Negro Slavery”(Thoreau 3). Thoreau refers to it as “gross” which indicates that he was not a supporter of slavery. This conveys the notion that Thoreau would have been an advocate for abolition According to Thoreau, how has modern lifestyle contributed to man’s “primitive and low condition”? According to Thoreau, modern lifestyle has contributed to man’s “primitive and low condition” because individuals have no time to enjoy certain aspects of
“Their (Mississippi, South Carolina, or Louisiana) framers intended and did disfranchise a majority of their citizenship [deprived them of the right to vote] because of “race and color” and “previous condition”..” [Doc. 7] This lead to the ratification of 15th Amendment. The 15th Amendment protects the right to vote of the emancipated slaves as it says on the document, “the right to vote shall not be denied on the basis of race, color, or previous condition.” The aftermath of civil war, resulted with good economical changes. The slaves used to work on their master’s plantation. However, when they were freed they spread out and became independent.
Slavery was abolished in the year of 1865 when it became a part of the 13th amendment . Because of the abolishing of slavery, it created for a lot of discrimination and racism against people of color. In some southern and northern states did not agree with slaves begin freed especially Johnson. Because he did not agree it created for “moderates and radicals” to come together to pass black only laws. These black only laws returned some “freed slaves back to servitude”.
The rise of slavery in early America was inevitable. African Americas began to arrive in America as early as 1619, but not all of these people were put directly into slave work. As indentured servitude became less and less popular, life began to change from a society with slaves into a slave society. This offered more opportunities and power for poor white men which moreover introduced a nation of race-based slavery. The abolitionist movement in the United States sought to destroy slavery.
When it comes to white people understanding their privilege, I am more upset that people don’t educate themselves about it. For example, the whole movement and organization of “Black Lives Matter” is to bring awareness of how blacks are being treated by police and how the justice system is failing to protect us. Somehow, ignorant white people felt entitled to bring “All lives Matter” as if all lives share the same struggle as blacks. They don’t understand that it is the exact system of whiteness that shelters them from the challenges black Americans face. Instead of scrutinizing the system that protects their privilege, they would rather add more distress towards the people facing the system.
Starting with an force immigration that made them become slaves, to having to fight to be free from slavery and now having to fight for their rights of equality. If it was not for Movements like the Civil Right Movement, the Black Power Movement and the Black Life Matter movement that helped to let the African American voice to be heard and to help improve the hardship and disaster they were presented with. The Civil Right Movement was about fighting to end segregation, that was affecting the education and equality to the African Americans community. After the battle against segregation was ending the African American population began The Black Power movement which was about having equality with the involvement in politics and the American Economy, and was lead by The Black Panther. The last moment is the Black Lives Matter Movement which is about the acts of
Rosa Parks The Civil Right Movement was the African-American way of fighting for equality to the whites and it was supposed to be a nonviolent way to protest. Khan academy stated that “After the Civil War, during the period known as Reconstruction, the passage of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments established a legal foundation for the political equality of African Americans. Despite the abolition of slavery and legal gains for African Americans, racial segregation known as Jim Crow arose in the South”. Jim Crow law meant that African American could not be at the same place as the white people. Even after slavery was over people of colored were still being treated unequal to the white people, they did not have the same benefits and rights that the white people had.