Essay On African Americans After Reconstruction

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During reconstruction, African Americans wanted to be considered as “real men”, rather than inferior men. Even though African Americans were freedmen now, they were still not treated as equals to white men. African Americans were excluded from railway cars, omnibuses, stagecoaches, and steamboats entirely, or they were assigned to specific sections that they were secluded within. African Americans were permitted to vote, and some even held office. They were determined to exercise their rights as citizens, which they finally were granted, and became as involved as they could. Fourteen African Americans held seats in the House of Representatives, two in the Senate, and even some became Governor’s. Some men known as carpetbaggers, former men from the north whom decided to…show more content…
Organizations like these, detrimentally hurt the modernization of the South, leaving them in the dust ibn comparison to the north. The north believed the Southern Black men had to rely on their own resources, and not demand any further assistance from the north. The north got them their freedom, but for the most part didn’t want much to do with them after that. Whites in the south just saw them as a great big joke when they were holding office, or when they thought they had an impact on politics. This was the case because for an incredibly long amount of time blacks were made the inferior race, white men handicapped their growth and intelligence, making them simply into a labor force that couldn’t even think for themselves. African Americans are free now, but they are still fighting to become equals with the whites in society. The white men are backlashing the African Americans, trying to keep them under the whites, especially since they are the majority population in the south, the whites are fearful of the result in African American
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