The slaves were just put in a world they have not been prepared for. Their whole lives were built around dedicating their life for free labor. Now they are free and must find labor, and get paid for it. No one wants to hire a Black man or woman. Then there were these things called the Black Codes that were created, they took away many of the slaves rights.
When Johnson was pushing the Civil Rights bill of 1964, which ended segregation and employment discrimination based of race, sex, and religion he had a lot of obstacles (United States Senate). The biggest obstacle he had was the sixty day filibuster. Up until then for the civil rights bill the Senate had never gotten enough votes to end a filibuster. Only five times in the history of the cloture had the Senate agreed to cloture for anything (United States
Whatever money that they get goes right to the landowner for the money they had to borrow to grow the crops. In conclusion, freedmen were considered free, to a certain extent. African Americans had the same rights as a citizen, even when everyone else was against it. They got an opportunity to go back and get an education, to learn how to read and write. In the instances where they seem to not be free are when the southerners, or ones still opposing slavery, tried to take advantage of them because they knew that they had to do whatever it took to make a living down
America is called the land of dreams, a land of equal opportunity to all, a land of freedom where you have the opportunity to achieve prosperity and success, and an upward social mobility for the family and children, achieved through hard work and in a society with few barriers. The current immigration laws show a different illustration. The DREAM Act is a bill that would relieve those immigration laws and many of the undocumented alien minors in America. Those undocumented immigrants can still achieve the American dream. It is as if it is a moral obligation of the U.S. government to let this bill pass through.
The races started to gain the same rights whether they were white or African Americans. According to John Buescher no state can deny anyone of their rights of life, liberty, and property (Buescher). Now it was not just the whites who had those 3 main rights the African Americans gained those rights as well and they became a more equal society with whites. The whites do not only have those 3 rights now, but they also could now vote and be a part of the voting process. John Buescher stated, any citizen could now vote no matter what race.
The 13th amendment was a success because it allowed African Americans to be freed from the bonds of slavery, but it did not allow for healthy integration into to everyday society. The abolition caused new forms of problems to arise for the African Americans. The white Southerners found new ways to force African Americans into a different form of “slavery”. The 14th amendment allowed for all people born in the United States to be lawful citizens of the country. Although this amendment granted citizenship to African Americans they were not considered equal in everyday
Opportunity to thrive in American was available however. Many blacks sought their refuge in the northern states, which provided economic opportunity in the thriving industrial industry of the time. However, segregation existed there as well, as many blacks were not allowed jobs, given menial roles and minimal payment. Many others found that their only option would be to take to working on the fields as laborers and workers in a system known as sharecropping. This was an economics strategy to keep blacks financially and lawfully dependent on their employers, with binding contracts, exuberant fees and delayed or nonexistent pay.
If you think about it, slavery is over and African Americans are no longer mistreated; however, that is not the case as African Americans continue to face oppression from the government and police force. The relationship of mass incarceration and the legacy of slavery is that people who committed felon were stripped of their rights like the slaves. It is similar to the way slaves were treated before the 13th Amendment and the Civil Rights Movement. Even though the 13th Amendment was passed, many individuals found a loophole, which was a person who committed a crime could not have the same rights as everyone. This eventually causes people to arrest people of color regardless of whether or not they committed a crime.
In addition, many African Americans in the North were limited when it came to getting jobs. This didn’t change because most freedmen still had no way of making money for themselves, so they were not apart of the American economy. It also showed that even though slavery had been abolished, African Americans would still have a long and rough journey before being treated as equals.
Slaves could pay their way out of slavery but it was also extremely rare. Almost all of the African race were enslaved and remained enslaved until they died. To buy a passage aboard a ship to America an immigrant had to pay about a year’s worth of wages or they could trade their servitude for the trip. Many people wanted to come to the New World because they made more
For a multitude of years, African Americans were considered purchasable property, not people. When the United States ratified the Constitution and they had established their government, slavery had not been abolished. It was not until the period after The Civil War that the United States government passed the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments and African Americans had gained their long-awaited freedom and civil rights. These Reconstruction Amendments gave African Americans the right to live the American Dream. The Reconstruction Amendments helped African Americans build an American Dream by promoting their general welfare, giving them liberty, and assuring justice for all people of color.
It is not heard of anymore. Abraham Lincoln was the start to the end of slavery. Change does not happen overnight, but with his stand and determination to freeing slaves, he started a trend. Blacks could finally be free and live their lives. Within the south though, there was a lot of hatred toward them, which meant more change and the equality of all.
He believed in nonviolent protests and he advised others to use marches, sit-ins, and peaceful demonstrations to bring attention to segregation and inequality between races. He remained committed to this approach and he slowly inspired people on a national level. In 1963, he led the march on Washington that was designed for jobs and freedom. His speech was given in front of 250,000 people and in his main emphasis King stated, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Without the leadership of King, there would not have been a way to produce the leaders of today like Barack Obama. King’s commitments to non-violent protests were extremely beneficial to creating a better America for his race, but unfortunately not everyone used the same approach as
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..