The Civil War was a hard time period for many Americans living in the United States, especially Black Americans. Before and after the Civil War they were treated with racism and faced discrimination. But after the Civil War, there was a national goal of Reconstruction. Reconstruction was a goal to rebuild the economy, and relationships between the North and South, and to grant Black Americans their civil rights. The main area of the Nation that needed to be rebuilt was the Southern states, this is where Black Americans faced the most discrimination. This shows that the major goal of the reconstruction period was to give Black Americans their social, political, and economic rights. However, Reconstruction ultimately failed in giving Black Americans …show more content…
Document H states that “ No public meetings of negroes or freedmen shall be allowed within the town.” This is one of the Black codes in Louisiana. Black codes were restricted laws passed by the southern states after the Civil War to control Black populations and restrict their freedoms. This shows how Black Americans failed to be given rights and they were not treated equally. Another document that shows the failure of granting Black Americans social rights is Document I. Document I is all about the KKK Klan, KKK Klan is a white supremacist terrorist group that emerged during Reconstruction, southerners who disagreed with the Reconstruction goal for equality of Black Americans would join the klan. The main goals of the Klan were to decrease support for the republican party, reverse reconstruction goals for the equality of Black Americans, and restore white supremacy. In order to achieve their goals they would use extreme violence like hanging them and burning down their schools. Some Black Americans even said that this time period after the civil war was worse than slavery because of how badly they were treated. This shows that Black Americans were still not treated with respect and faced discrimination and racism and were not given their social …show more content…
Economic rights can be seen in Document D. Document D explains Freedmen’s Bureau. Freedmen’s Bureau provided food, housing, medical aid, established schools, and legal assistance to freed Black Americans. The goals of the Freedmen's Bureau were to help freed people achieve economic stability and secure political freedoms. To achieve these goals they started to open schools and hospitals, and they even offered legal assistance in labor contracts. The labor contracts made agreements between the planters and the freedmen, that if they made a certain amount of money each month then they would get food, housing, and clothing. These labor contracts also helped the freedmen not get taken advantage of again. The Freedmen's Bureau had to work very hard to get equality and full economic rights, they had a lack of funding and faced persistent racism in the South. Although they had some hard times they still pushed through to achieve their goal of economic stability and got Black Americans their full economic
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From this book I obtained information on The Freedmen’s Bureau. In March the Bureau was established to do wonderful things for the economy and its people. The Bureau was mainly to help the poor whites and blacks. The Bureau gave food to the hungry, medicine to the sick, and it even established schools for people who lacked education. Jobs were even provided to people who were out of work especially people with families.
The kinds of things they provided was shelter, medicine, food, and schooling. They provided aid for black and white poor men. Also, help administer the justice in cases involving freedman and redistribute to them abandoned lands. Freedmen Bureau did everything they could to make sure that the freedmen could get a new life started. Although the white law makers and Ku Klux Klan were against their ideas, Abraham Lincoln and some abolitionist members were for it.
Through their enslavement they worked day in and day out without anything to show for it. A few freed slaves were given the opportunity to become sharecroppers. As sharecroppers, they were given part of the profit that was made by the crops but they were bound to a contract that still held some of their freedoms captive. They were forced to follow orders but in return their families did receive clothing and other expenses at unfairly ratio that worked in the planation owner’s benefit. The freed man had no better option since they were for once receiving the benefits of their
Societies like the Freedmen's Bureau were established to solve the everyday problems of newly freed slaves, such as food, clothing, money, and an education. This was a huge
Let’s start with the Sharecropping labor contract, in the bright sides, it stated that it was the opportunity for African Americans finally had the rights and freedom to work for themselves, and also, be protected by the laws. As the law put out several regulations to govern the contracts which included the supply of goods, foods, quarter and medical for the sharecropper, the reality was not exact as it described in the laws. The sharecropping contract, or in other words, a legal form of slavery that rich white who owned lands used to keep black working for them. Far away from the original intention which provides land for freedman blacks to farms for their own goods, white landowners used that to keep advantage of the slavery which were taken away from them. “We further bind ourselves to and with said Ross that we will do work and labor ten hours a day on an average, winter and summer.
The time after the Civil War is known as Reconstruction, a time period where America was trying to rebuild the country after the harsh ending of the war. Thousands of slaves had been released, searching for jobs and new opportunities, and many southerners were against the changes being made. The goal of Reconstruction was to have the country rebuilt and to establish unity, however that was not the case. Reconstruction did not provide freedom for African Americans due to the amount of racism prevailing in the country, political tensions, and the inability to work for themselves. Racism had been an ongoing issue within the south, even though it had only a small contribution to the Civil War.
Before the war in the Northwest Territory, slaves had to be returned to their owner. Even if they had been running for thousands of miles, even if they weren’t even slaves, just freed Africans, if a white testified that they were a slave, back to the plantations they go. In the image from Document B, there are two groups opposing each other on the two different sides of the drawing. More specifically, one white group and one African American group with one man in the middle attempting to stop the fighting. These two classes don’t associate with the other, and were like this for most of Reconstruction.
Their mission was “that the resolution must consist of solidarity in white communities around the world. The hatred for our children and their future is growing and is being fueled every single day. Stay firm in your convictions. Keep loving your heritage and keep witnessing to others that there is a better way than war torn, violent, wicked, socialist, new world order (Collection 5, Source 3).” The KKK would kill Republicans because they were establishing political and economical equality for blacks.
It is believed that roughly 600,000 American soldiers lost their lives throughout the war, making it one of the most violent conflicts in the history of the United States. The outbreak of war was also responsible for causing great misery and loss for civilians, with numerous families suffering the loss of loved ones and homes. Following the conclusion of the war, the United States was confronted with the challenging mission of Reconstruction. During this particular period, efforts were made to rehabilitate and readmit former Confederate states into the Union. Throughout this period, efforts were made to restore the economy of the South, bring the country back together again, and establish civil rights for newly liberated African Americans.
I used this textbook to learn many things about the Freedmen’s Bureau. The Freedmen 's Bureau helped former slaves adjust to freedom by providing food, housing, education, healthcare, and employment prospects. The Bureau was created through the Freedmen’s Bureau Bill initiated by Abraham Lincoln. The Bureau distributed 15 million rations of food to African Americans, and set up a system where planters could borrow rations in order to feed freedmen they employed. The most widely recognized of the Freedman 's Bureau 's achievements are its accomplishments in the field of education.
but actually it took away some of blacks land, and it “failed to provide long term protection for blacks to ensure any real measurement of equality,” (The Freedmen’s Bureau worksheet). Blacks were losing places to farm and build houses because of this, and they weren't even getting long term protection. So, when the Bureau let them go, where would they go? The Freedmen's Bureau was meant to help blacks but really, it didn’t help blacks at
While they experienced freedom and were provided with newer opportunities, many did not have the means to support themselves and became economically dependent on the white plantation farmers. The Freedmen’s Bureau was a federal agency that was established to aid and protect the African Americans. However, as noted in Document 2, the Freedmen’s Bureau did little to help. Frederick Douglas describes how the emancipated slaves were treated, “The very manner of their [African Americans] emancipation invited to the heads of the freedman the bitterest hostility of race and class…
Reconstruction caused prejudice and inequality. To elaborate, the creation of the Ku Klux Klan and the Black Codes were both in the time period of reconstruction, which caused chaos and violence throughout the Union. One of the goals of reconstruction was to repair the economy in the South, because it depended on slavery, which was now illegal, due to the thirteenth amendment. The South’s economic system now depended on Sharecropping, which caused former slaves to be in constant debt and was unjust to the black society. The reconstruction time period, was a time of dispute between the Union.
The Freedmen’s Bureau was founded by Congress in 1865 to help former slaves and poor whites in the South by providing shelter, food, medical support, as well as giving legal assistance, and creating schools for them (Jordan 386). The Freedmen’s Bureau was also supported by carpetbaggers, Northerners who had readily packed up and left for the South, and scalawags, Southerners who supported former slaves and poor whites, both of whom supported the cause of freedom and equality. Thus, through the Freedmen’s Bureau, both black Americans and white Americans were receiving the same necessities, promoting equality amongst these two