Equality In The Reconstruction Era By Ida B. Wells

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Ida B. Wells-Barnett was a journalist and newspaper editor who stood against inequality. She was an anti-lynching activist whose goal was to expose the truth of the injustice that occurred in the South. During the Reconstruction Era, from 1865 to 1877, the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments were ratified to abolish slavery, ensure citizenship and equal rights, and grant African Americans men the right to vote. Although the Reconstruction Era was a time of progression for African Americans, nonetheless what followed was a period of social injustice because of intense racial discrimination, extralegal punishment, and false accusations that led to death. After Reconstruction, African Americans in the South suffered extreme discrimination due to unequal opportunities. Despite the fact that there were amendments that gave African American men the right to vote, Jim Crow laws prevented them from voting. Wells stated, "the South resented giving the Afro-American his freedom, the ballot box, and the Civil Rights Law." By giving them their freedom, white supremacists during this era believed there would be, as Wells describes "Negro Domination. " Amongst the many things African Americans fought for, they mainly desired to have equal rights and the right to vote. Instead, African American men became disenfranchised as a result of poll taxes, literacy tests, and the grandfather clause. The grandfather clause was of no use to newly emancipated slaves. This resulted in an impediment

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