In the Civil Rights Movement we learned about how the African-Americans overcame racism and segregation to gain equal rights. Even though it was a long tough battle they eventually got what they had wanted. A similar event is also happening with women’s rights. Some women of America have gathered disturbing facts and would like to share them with the world to gain support for their cause. They would like male and female help to win this battle against what they believe is unfair or unequal.
After the Civil War, African Americans had finally gained their freedom following years of being forced into an inhumane slave system that dehumanized their entire race. Even though the 13th Amendment abolished the institution of slavery, that did not change people's views of African Americans; whites still viewed blacks as inferior to them. As the African Americans were starting to finally build lives for themselves without the help of their former masters, whites’ resentment of African Americans grew because of their growth in America both economically and politically. Even as African Americans faced discrimination because of their race, Native Americans also faced discrimination from white society because of their culture. Natives overall were very different than the average Americans, and because of that, white Americans wanted to change their diet, clothing, and overall lives to make them become more “civilized.” Both African and Native Americans faced prejudice through the Mississippi Plan and the Dawes’ Act, respectively, in the second half of the nineteenth century.
Another point is, “Now we are engaged in a great Civil War, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure” (Lincoln, paragraph 2). This shows that this country was conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. This also shows that not just the war at stake is important, but the cause and the outcome of freedom and equality for making a new nation is important as well. Overall, all men were created equal and the war led to the end of slavery and the start of a new country of freedom for
Although the equality has not been accepted widely among the native Americans, more or less the black received positive attitudes of the white which help them gained initial success in life. In short, the 20th century had not been a booming time of desegregation yet, but its slight changes forecast for the breakthrough of the black in the 21st century. 2.4 21st century: Race discrimination decrease, but not disappear.
In the following paper I will discuss how the African American, who came as slaves to America, has fought over the centuries to achieve equality in a white society that discriminated them. I will show how abolitionists like Fredrick Douglass and W.E.B Du Bois used literature to fight the preconceptions about the black people. The black man and woman have always had struggles in America, difficulty to assimilate into a society that is mainly made of white people. "Twenty years after Columbus reached the New World, African Negroes, transported by Spanish, Dutch and Portuguese traders, were arriving in the Caribbean Islands. Almost all came as slaves" (Messner, 2.)
The founding fathers of the United States built America on the ideals of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, and this applied to each and every person living in the country- not only to a specific racial group. Slavery was abolished with the defeat of the Southern Confederacy in the Civil War, leading to the Era of Reconstruction, in which the primary focus was to reunite the nation and promote of rights of former slaves. Africans Americans were not as free as Whites during this period. Although African Americans were free individuals during the reconstruction period, they did not have complete freedom as their rights were extremely limited due to mistreatment from punishment, segregation, and racism by white supremacists. The rights
For many years racism and colonialism have been the reality of the world. Both were used to advance the idea that one race was superior to another, the blacks being inferior to the whites. The Atlantic Slave trade headed the notion of colonialism, the whites believed it was their duty to civilize the blacks as they were seen as ‘untamed beasts’ that needed to be colonized. This resulted in a number of whites exploiting the blacks to gain wealth whilst, the blacks lost everything (families, identities and even their lives). The whites were skilled at manipulating to the point that some blacks believed their views as they often found ways to justify their actions.
“Women 's Suffrage Movement, women 's economic roles increased in society. Since there was more educational opportunities for women it led more and more women to sense their potential for meaningful professional careers” (Women’s Suffrage Movement vs. Women’s Rights Movement in the 1800s). Therefor women have had to work to make their mark on society. This shows that women can make their way to the top no matter how unfair they are treated. Aladeselu said ¨We empower women when we give them sense of self worth, treat them as equal humans as men, not as property that can be inherited, disposed off at will, not as a slave” (Women contribute a lot to to the society if empowered).
Before the Women 's Rights reforms, American women were discriminated in society, home life, education, and the workforce. As a result of the Women 's Rights Movement, women gained the right to vote, access to higher education and opportunities to enter the workforce, overall changing the femmine life for the better. Women in the 1800s were stripped of their voice, not only were they unable to vote, they were often kept from speaking openly in public. Their lack of rights left them dependent on men (Bonnie and Ruthsdotter). The American Women were voiceless, they had no say in society, however the reform movement would change that.
Blacks went through more pain that any other race could ever imagine. The Civil Rights movement was so necessary for the United States to come together as a nation and a whole. In Civil Rights movement African Americans impacted the nation, while marching for freedom caused violence, although Jim crow laws were running the South rapid. African Americans can now go one and be the best version of themselves thanks to the Black heroes who put their life on the line for other blacks. Black History month shouldn 't just be a month it should be celebrated all year