It was the realization that everything that they had been conditioned to think or react was in fact just a shield to control the what was the “inferior” race in their eyes. Many white Southerners tried to resist the change, claiming they were only helping the black population or keeping balance by “protecting” them from what radical thinking could spring from. Thankfully later on in the century, this racist mindset was brought to light and black civil rights activists became more prominent figures as they fought for equal opportunities. A battle that had arguably happened much later than it should have, set off by the works and efforts of those like Griffin, who went against the flow of societal norms in risky experiments. So while there were flaws and mistakes in John Griffin’s experiment in Black Like Me, that same experiment helped bring the mindset of many inside and even outside of the South into a better, less deprived view of the world around them with some resistance.
There were a handful of reasons that a person would be punished with death. The emancipation of the African Americans really began the acts of “conscienceless outlawry.” The fact that the white man had no right to scourge an emancipated African American gave him more fuel to want to convert and agree with lynching. To begin with the reasoning behind the lynching was to avoid race riots. The second reason was because of the right of an African American man to vote. Although the African American vote did not really matter, it was still the principle of them having that right that upset the white man.
The reconstruction period was a failure because African Americans, mainly males, were not treated with equality although the constitution said that the they were free and had the right to vote, be educated and had the right to liberty, life and the pursuit to happiness. Organizations, like the KKK, were created to harm freed slaves and their families. Laws were created such as the Black Codes restricting former slaves from their rights. African Americans endured a lot of violence over the years. “In Grayson, Texas, a white man and two friends murdered three former slaves because the wanted to ‘ thin the niggers out and drive them to their hole’”.
Andrew Johnson was the President of the United States in a very difficult time, the Radical Reconstruction. During the Reconstruction, there were many items that Johnson was frowned upon for doing. Johnson was an insensitive man to public opinion and lacked political savvy. Also, Southern whites undercut Johnson’s lenient program of Reconstruction and played into the hands of so-called Radical Republicans in Congress who wanted to take away power from the executive branch. The author Donald explains how Johnson’s behavior was responsible for Radical Reconstruction and for the charges of impeachment lodged against him by members of his own party.
Even though the Freedmen 's bureau was a great thing and was helping America get back their life 's on track many disliked it and protested against the law. The Freedmens bureau’s goal of Helping freed slaves was getting even more difficult every because people began to realize how hard it would be to continue helping the freed slaves because the south issued a law called the Black codes.Black codes were laws the restricted the daily life of an African such as .It was the start of segregation and only set the reconstruction era back.The Freedmens bureau still struggled to help by helping find lost family members and getting African Americans education.Agents of the Freedmens bureau also helped in the court system.in 1866 congress wanted to renew the Freedmens bureau but was vetoed by president Andrew Johnson who be leaved that the Freedmens bureau offers to much help and would prevent African Americans on becoming independanrt.Slowly the Freedmens bureau lost it funding and in 1872 congress abandoned the Freedmens bureau. Many didn 't understand that the Freedmens bureau was created to help the United States not hurt here is quote from the CHAP. XC.–An Act to establish a Bureau for the Relief of Freedmen and Refugees.“And be it further enacted, That the Secretary of War may direct such issues of provisions, clothing, and fuel, as he may deem needful for the immediate and temporary shelter and supply of destitute and suffering refugees and freedmen and their wives and children, under such rules and regulations as he may
Our war is not to defend democracy, but to get a democracy we’ve never had.” A young soldier wrote a letter to the NAACP “If I fight, suffer, or die it will be for the freedom of every black man to live equally with other races. If the life of the Negro in the United States is right as it is lived today, then I would rather be dead” (Takaki 23). Camp conditions for black soldiers were degrading, they could not go to church services, and other training programs were segregated. Despite these conditions, African Americans contributed significantly to the war effort with support work and had some of the toughest battalions, including the well-respected 99th Pursuit Squadron and 332nd Fighter Group. In 1941, President Roosevelt signed the Executive Order 8802 which prohibited the discrimination of workers in the defense or Government because of race, creed, color, or national origin.
The assassination of Abraham Lincoln was unjust because he was an important leader, he wanted end to slavery , and he was a non-violent president. However, many people didn’t agree with most of Mr. Abraham Lincoln’s actions because he was a terrible president. Abraham Lincoln was important too America’s history because he was president during the civil war and helped the 13th amendment get passed. The 13th amendment was the amendment that ended slavery and gave slaves some rights. Many people hated him for that, but now, most think of him as one of the greatest leaders of all time.
I believe Andrew Jackson was not a hero but a villain because of the way he treated Native Americans, the actions he took during his presidency, and the fact he was a slave-owner. Andrew Jackson’s sentiment towards the Native Americans was certainly not a kind one. Manifest destiny was a popular belief among Americans, including Jackson, and he would go to the extent of forcing Native Americans out of their homes to reach their “ordained goal”. He believed in the expansion of southern slavery which is why he pushed for removing the Indians west of the Mississippi, which makes it the more disgraceful. The Indian Removal Act of 1830 said that it will allow American government to offer in-state territories to the Indian’s for their western land.
The whites kept them from having religious gatherings, and made them feel useless without their owners. However, the African Americans received the same or about equal medical care, because they were property and the owners did not want to lose the value of them.Boundless One cruel way the African Americans were treated was how they were punished. Slaves were punished for not obeying commands, trying to escape, and if they upset their masters for almost anything. The owners will also just beat their slaves just to show their dominance over the slaves. Some things that the slave owners did to them was whipped, shackled, and also imprisonment.Boundless Some plantation owners would put collars with spikes coming out of it and metal masks on African American slaves as a punishment for defying the owner’s wishes.
Anyone who supported congressmen from the South who did not want to end this problem was “…a coward, a traitor, or a fool.” (Document 3) The Klansmen created terror in Southern communities by targeting African American officials, making the community more vulnerable. The townspeople couldn’t do anything about it because a majority of the white officials were members of the
When Africans joined the war only terrible things would come of it, as it became like slavery all over again except instead of hard labor they were dying from either being shot or disease. The Africans at the end of the war still had no voice and were completely shunned through all of their triumph. To try to solve all of the world 's problems the League of Nations was proposed, but criticized for its likelihood to be effective. Without World War I, the world would of had more revolutionary change for Africans, but for its occurrence it halted the growth and could not push for anything to become urgent, which is why African Americans did not get rights until 50 years
Nothing was fair; nothing was as it should have been. White Americans felt the need to treat African Americans as lesser beings, when they were not any less than themselves. While being treated like nobodies caused civil right activists to rise up and take their stand for what was right (Howell np). Civil rights activists fought for years before anything they did started to make a difference until the Brown V. Board of Education case. “The first legal step taken to put an end to the practice of segregation came with the unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of
The Klu-Klux-Klan was a white supremacist group that opposed “Reconstruction” and equal rights for freed slaves (Hook Exercise). They, to my standards, really would do whatever it takes to stop Reconstruction, even if it meant killing innocent people for that. John W. Stephens, a former senator from Caswell, was brutally murdered by none other than the Klu-Klux-Klan in a Grand Jury room (Doc.A Par.1). John W. Stephens was stabbed five to six times then even hanged on a hook in the same jury room. As Albion Toruage quoted, “ Another brave, honest Republican citizen has met his fate at the hands of these fiends.” Then Abram Colby, a former slave who was elected to the Georgia State Legislature during Reconstruction,(Doc.B,Para.
People acted out of anger and displeasure in the moment so they fought and fought, One race was tired of being mistreated so they tried to make a difference, the other race didn’t want anything to change and wanted them to stay in their miserable place. I’ve read online many events where a black person and a white person did the same crime but there’s this thing called white privilege which let’s them get away or won’t suffer as much. I think this is very much sad because it’s been almost a century since the Race Riots have started and almost nothing changed except African-American getting the equal amount of rights. That’s sure an improvement but people are still immature and uneducated enough to learn how to not be racist, I see nothing wrong with black people but there are people who still do. Seeing how today’s society is still unchanged in some areas, I still personally think the Chicago Race Riots would still have started even without Eugene William’s death but at a much later
African Americans deeply wanted the same respect as whites and fair treatment, some men would risk their own lives to get respect. A lot of African Americans decided to sign up to go to war to gain respect for defending our country and its people. Surprisingly this failed to gain the respect African Americans were looking for. Some men claimed that the white soldiers were racist and that black soldiers were treated poorly and many were sent to fight the french army and said the french were much more equal and fair. Although these events did not attain the intended reactions African Americans wanted it 's still set many precedents and showed that African Americans could fight just as hard as white