In the North, blacks encountered de facto segregation, racism, and discrimination in housing and public services; nevertheless, they were able to vote and had better job opportunities. In the South, blacks were disfranchised, lived under a segregationist regime enforced by violence, and found fewer avenues for escape from crushing poverty"(Leuchtenburg, William). Because of all this Roosevelt felt bad for the African Americans and therefore he wanted to help all of them. since he offered to help them, they began to trust him and believe in him, that he can get their rights. Roosevelt never thought it was right for the African Americans to get treated the way they did.
This was one of the biggest attempts to help out and better lives of Freedmen during reconstruction, and it was successful. Conclusively, The Reconstruction Era was a constructive time for Freedmen. Government officials implemented many amendments and laws to help them out, and most of them did work. Not only were they released from slavery, but given citizenship and rights only white men had at the time. They even enforced a whole system just to give Freedmen their basic needs after slaver.
It’s job was to bring slaves from the South to their freedom up North. The Bureau was run by a war department and It helped them by getting justice in state courts and settling disputes between the landowners. Also, the Black Codes set up many freedom’s for the African Americans with some restrictions. The Black Codes During the era of Reconstruction gave them some freedoms. They were able to acquire property, sue or be sued, make contracts, enjoy the fruits of their labor, and protection under law.
Additionally, the Great Migration made a better life possible for African Americans. During and after WWI, African Americans moved north to evade the rampant racism and discrimination in the south and to seize opportunities for jobs and new land (Document G). White Americans, their oppressors, began to see African Americans as humans because of their supposedly new culture and aspirations. While they weren’t viewed as equal, it was still a start. As expected, when juxtaposing the racial climate of the 1920s and 1998, there is a great disparity.
Even though offensive, many users agreed with the “accuracy” of the labels displayed. On another note, the famous speakers speak about the struggles and inequalities in the United States for the African American race. Even though short quotes, all of these figures on the poster have made numerous strides when dealing with African Americans struggle sin America. Accordingly, some of have created a bigger impact than others on the debate. I think looking at it through the Atlanta lens creates an interesting dynamic.
It is discussed that the lives of black American did not improve significantly as racism was entrenched in governments and white Americans, especially southerners. Although amendments and acts sought out to better the lives of black Americans, it did not mean they were immediately treated as equal and given rights. Black Americans had a very difficult life post-Civil War as the rest of America was not prepared to stop depriving them of their civil rights as it was beneficial to them to have black Americans kept under oppression. The abolition of slavery cost slave owners over $2 billion in property only. This severely impacted the economy as it was in crisis and white slave owners did not have any slaves to serve them on plantations.
This jeopardized free blacks. If a white man were to accuse a black of anything, the black man isn’t able to appeal to a jury and must appeal to a judge at a time when most judges were white and racist towards blacks. Popular Sovereignty was also questioned during this case. Popular Sovereignty was popular with politicians because it allowed the state to decide if it wanted to become a free state. Dred Scott was in a free state and was still put down by the supreme
The Equal Protection of the Law clause has led to many advances in racial equality. It not only helped free the slaves, but it also fueled the arguments of Civil Rights. The clause shaped the United States to be the role model of countries around the world. If not for this clause, we might still be segregated and the World would be very different. The 14th Amendment to the Constitution is one of the most significant changes in the whole document.
The disenfranchisement of Black Americans is as old as their presence in The United States. This disenfranchisement manifests itself in many different ways and is perpetuated on an institutional and individual levels. The oppression that blacks face have been consistently resisted by Black people and our allies. One of the more favorable ways of resistance towards institutional racism in the past and in the present has been to create legal reform. Laws such as the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendment, also referred to as Reconstruction Amendments, are some laws that alleviated the oppression black people faced.
According to the Constitution, every man is created equally.This statement has been hard to define, yet it has been the driving vision behind America’s main goal: equality. The goal has been elusive mainly because it is very difficult, if not impossible, to change a whole nation’s perception. The African American community has faced many injustices but have come a long way in terms of being treated equally. The biggest accomplishment, among many, was the abolishment of slavery. Others include gaining the ability to vote, anti-discrimination laws, and many more.