According to the chart of voting and jury rights of Blacks in the North in 1860, only five out of sixteen northern states allowed Blacks the right to vote (Doc A). This shows that even though fourteen percent of the population of America at the time was Black, they did not always get to vote. They cannot vote for people to represent them in government. This leads back to when Britain was taxing the colonies even though they had no representation in the British parliament. The Blacks are being taxed, yet they have no representation in government.
In this way of helping the slaves, the most famous person was Harriet Tubman, who was a slave as well. She helped more than three hundred black people to reach the safe places. Thanks to the Underground Railroad, about 75,000 slaves escaped before the Civil War began. However, in the North most people were opposed to the extreme abolitionists. Northerners thought that extremists’ made a peaceful end of the slavery impossible.
Political efficacy is described as, “Faith and trust in government and the belief that one can understand and influence political affairs” (Mutz and reeves). The dearth of political efficacy is reflected in the mobilization numbers of the 2014 senate races. According to the Pew Research Center, only 38% of the voting-eligible population in states with senate elections turned out (Desilver & Van Kessel, 2015). Pew finds that it was the lowest turnout since 1990 even though $1.1 billion was spent, 25% more than the 2010 election (Desilver & Van Kessel, 2015). To be clear, the two numbers do not necessarily indicate causation, and there could be several other factors attributed.
Back in 1776 slavery was still legalized. It was not until December 18, 1865 that slavery ended in the United States (Huffington). Even after slavery ended, it only gave the men more of a chance to be equal to a white man by owning land and having other small rights given to them. African American women did not receive those same rights until 1920. Native American’s were also not considered when creating the Declaration of Independence.
This would have had an unbalance in the number of states in the U.S. Luckily for the country, the state of franklin failed to become a state. Tennessee also would be known as the state with very mixed civil war opinions. According to the 1860 U.S. census, Tennessee had a free population of 834,082 and an additional slave population of 275,719. ("Tennessee”) Tennessee however joined the confederacy. Although Tennessee joined the Confederacy during the Civil War, there was much pro-Union sentiment in the
Even if certain people believe there is no connection between the flag and slavery their will always be some undertone of it because of the beliefs that follow the flag no matter where it goes. Since slavery has being tied to the flag for so long, the flag can be construed as a symbol that is pro-slavery which in most cases people are against it. In the end the symbols that are tied to the confederate flag may not have been the main objective, but it is the formality of something taking on the meaning or beliefs of those who follow the
People had considered themselves Rhode islanders or Virginians and didn’t really call themselves Americans. Both nationalism and sectionalism share peoples pride but one is on a much larger scale. Love for one’s country can be showed through different ways. For example protecting contracts is one way. For example in the 1819 case of Dartmouth college v. Woodward the court ruled that states could not interfere with private contracts.
In the beginning, many thought that the American Civil War would be very short and last only two months. They were wrong, it started in the spring of 1861 and ended in the spring of 1865 (Badertscher 7). Many people thought the Civil War was about slavery, this was incorrect. The reason the South favored states ' rights was because of popular sovereignty (Himan). This allowed states to choose if they wanted slavery or to be a free state.
No freedom for slaves back then resulted in death for most. Today’s generation slaves aren’t used anymore, which means freedom was granted to the slaves between the 1800s and the 20th century! Races, people would judge different races that weren’t white back in the early 1900s and even before then. African Americans, and Hispanics were a few of the different races that were judged. Historical people such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks were involved during the time of different races being a problem.
Another issue—unfair voting identification laws still exist. The identification laws were implemented initially in the 1950s in South Carolina—legislatures designed the laws to prevent African Americans from voting. The Voting Rights Advancement Act expands the federal government’s power to send officials to state legislatures which can reduce the usage of unfair identification laws. In North Carolina in July of 2013, the state legislature enacted a bill called “HB 589”, a severe photo ID requirement which shortened the early voting period by a week. In North Carolina, 64% of African Americans consistently voted during early voting, but due to the institution of HB 589, African American votes decreased.