“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.
African Americans never had freedom in the past, as they were treated poorly. White people discriminated black people back then just because they weren’t the same skin color or came from the same origin. “Set free by the 13th amendment, with citizenship guaranteed by the 14th amendment, black males were given the vote by the 15th amendment. From that point on, the freedmen were generally expected to fend for themselves. In retrospect, it can be seen that the 15th amendment was in reality only the beginning of a struggle for equality that would continue for more than a century before African Americans could begin to participate fully in American public and civic life.”(Paragraph 1).
Although many attempts were made to prioritize freedom and equality for all, these values were undermined by racist Southerners who wouldn’t accept equality. In the end, Reconstruction had failed and former slaves endured another hardship akin to slavery. However, Reconstruction still could have prospered. There are multiple events that, if they had occurred, Reconstruction would not have failed. For example, had the government continued to fund the Freedmen’s Bureau, then the South would have legislated their discriminatory laws much later, if not at all.
The American Revolution, was an inspiration to black people and they’d hoped the words and rules of the Patriots go for them as well. But that wasn’t the case. When all of the Armies had gone away from the land, we were a country of farmers founded by notions of freedom. We had over 700,000 slaves working in the US at its birth. They had no rights to anything and this would last generations.
Most leaders in the past would only have people of the same view in office. Doing what Abraham did shows his strength as a president. Anyone who's been through at least primary school will remember learning about how the United States used to support slavery. This was actually the reason the civil war even happened. Abraham tried to get rid of slavery so the north and south broke apart over that dispute.
When the Articles of confederation were ratified in 1781 they appeared to have fulfilled the best interests of the framers and other white men who owned slaves and plundered lands.Seven years later in 1789 the U.S. Constitution was ratified and remains the fallacious essence of national policy. The demise of The Articles Of Confederation was due to the lack of control the federal government had over the 13 colonies. The colonies had become separate entities from the weak federal government. Under The Articles of Confederation, the federal government had no power to control military service. The national power structure was realigned to better suit the agenda of the framers in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, which gives the government
In the early 1950’s, there were thirteen states that had separate and segregated schools. It wasn’t till the late 1960’s when states began to integrate black students into the mainstream by law. One of the first black students to enter a white school for the deaf was Mae Crook. Crook lost all her black friends and the whites wouldn’t accept her. African American deaf people are part of two different cultures.
Starting in the late 18th century, the process of naturalization and racial equality has plagued America. In 1790 congress decided to extend citizenship only to free whites in the Naturalization Act of 1790. That standard changed after the War when citizenship was also granted to people of African descent but that change did not mean equal treatment or equal rights. Although blacks and minorities were indeed citizens, they were stripped of many basic rights and privileges such as unhindered ability to vote, access to facilities, restaurants and businesses, and housing. Black codes, passed in 1866, restricted African Americans’ economic potential by ensuring that blacks remained a cheap labor force.
Abolition was the demand to remove the institution of slavery and to make all people free. However, it was a movement that was not present until the American Revolution was nearing its end. 1780, Pennsylvania became the first state to begin taking small steps to abolish slavery. This being several years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, we can logically assume that slavery was not a large concern up to that point. A third of the declaration focused on the rights that Britain was taking away from the colonies, but they paid no attention to the rights they themselves were neglecting of African American slaves.
At the end of the Civil War, freed slaves had no rights. In an attempt to remedy the Civil War, amendments were passed in the years after the conflict.The 15th amendment established in March 30, 1870 introduced that no voting rights shall not be denied in the United States or by any state because of race, color or previous conditions of work. Yet most African Americans will never get to vote. The Jim Crow Laws in the South found a way around the 15th amendment to deny the right to vote to most freed slaves. This was done mostly by the use of literacy test, poll taxes and intimidation and terror.
Before slaves were freed, they could not marry anyone. After the Civil War, the Black Codes in Mississippi improved the lives of African Americans by allowing marriage. Even though, the state allowed marriage, there was heavy restriction to the code. For example, in Section 3, the document states, “that is shall not be lawful for any freedman, free negro, or mulatto to intermarry with any white person… and any person who shall so intermarry shall be guilty of felony.” This shows that although slaves are freed, the state did not treat them as ordinary people. The state was trying to control the former slaves as much as they could without calling it
It was clearly stated in the Declaration that "all men [were] created equal." The authors did not write men and women, or mankind, or humankind. Thus, their intentions in the usage of the word "men" were uncertain. However, John Adams and his wife, Abigail Adams, wrote a series of letters to each other. In one particular letter, Abigail, who was a feminist, wrote to John, "in the new Code of Laws… I desire you would Remember the ladies, and be more generous and favorable to them… Do not put such unlimited power in the hands of the Husbands."
Unknown to many people is that even after the Civil War and the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments had been established slavery was still going on. The information is just one of the many things that has been covered-up throughout history. Before the Civil War started slavery was going on, after the Civil War ended the 13th Amendment abolished slavery, the 14th Amendment stated that all free people were citizens, and the 15th Amendment said all black men could vote. A little time after the Civil War and the 13th-15th Amendments new crimes, convict leasing, and peonage were established. New crimes were established after the Civil War by white southerners.