With the ending of slavery former slaves could now enjoy what it meant to be an American. Sadly, for many former slaves this was worse since the united states government didn’t pass a law to help protect them instead they just ended slavery. Many found it tough to find jobs to support themselves. Those who found jobs often found they were underpaid and were even taken advantage of. Sadly, they couldn’t do anything about it since they weren’t a law in place that said that it could happen.
In the middle of the town 2 Southerners were holding a black guy at gunpoint. “Of Course he wants to vote the Democratic ticket.” The thing that makes everything worse is that other Southerners weren’t doing anything. Some people knew that it was bad but was too scared to say anything because they thought that they would be targeted also. The KKK had so much power and most of it was from fear not because they liked them or believed in what they stood for. On the other hand the North thought that the blacks were unfit for politics and that they need to forget about the conditions of how slavery was.
To do this, they sent troops into the South, which they were not very pleased with. During Reconstruction, freed slaves still did not have the same opportunities that white people did. The Civil rights laws were made to protect former slaves and make sure everyone is equal, but still, the South cannot agree and continues to make life nearly just as bad as it had been before the war. In the document written by a former slave, he expresses how poorly they have been treated. When Lincoln was president, Reconstruction ran alot smoother.
The Civil War ended in 1865 leaving the south disappointed and angry. The Union decided to help the south get back on their feet and have equal rights. Since the Emancipation Proclamation was put in place, the South was not allowed to own slaves. This took a big part of their economy away, so many were displeased. While the Emancipation Proclamation provided hope for former slaves, the KKK and lack of resources ultimately ended in social and economic inequality for African Americans.
The Black Codes denied blacks availability to guns, insulting language (or blasphemy) illegal, and barred blacks from voting. In Mississippi, blacks were even subject to plantation work if they could not prove their employment. Andrew Johnson allowed this behavior and even vetoed a bill that would 've denied his right to. Proving the ultimate weakness of the reconstruction plans. In response, the Republican Congress was able to override Andrew 's vetoes for once, and the pass laws for civil
Though seven states passed the black codes they tended to vary between states, like how in South Carolina it was required for blacks who wished to enter nonagricultural employment to get a special license or in Mississippi the codes tried to block their ability to buy and sell farmland. Many parts of these codes didn’t take effect because of the union suspending the enforcement of racially discriminatory provisions of the new laws (Boyer et al, p.473). The black codes revealed many white southern intentions and many northerners denounced what they were doing and called it southern defiance. Even many congressmen were upset about the black codes and in December of 1865 they refused to seat the delegates from ex-Confederate states, this actually established the first joint committee (the house and the senate). The Radical Republicans (just a faction of the Republican Party that also supported blacks freedoms in most cases) were very out raged at the treatment of the newly freed slaves and they tried to dismantle the black codes and also tried to lock the ex- Confederate people out of power all together.
African Americans never had freedom in the past, as they were treated poorly. White people discriminated black people back then just because they weren’t the same skin color or came from the same origin. “Set free by the 13th amendment, with citizenship guaranteed by the 14th amendment, black males were given the vote by the 15th amendment. From that point on, the freedmen were generally expected to fend for themselves. In retrospect, it can be seen that the 15th amendment was in reality only the beginning of a struggle for equality that would continue for more than a century before African Americans could begin to participate fully in American public and civic life.”(Paragraph 1).
Both southerners and northerners had to rebuild the south, but a lot of southerners rejected the help and just wanted it to be back to normal with slaves and cash crops. The question to this DBQ is: “North or South: Who destroyed the rebuilding of the south’s economy?”. The south resistence destroyed the the reconstruction even though the north forgot about the reconstruction, the KKK was distracting the north from the reconstruction by harassing the government
In the 1840s there were many problems of runaway slaves to the North to become free men. Later on the north was not pleased with the fugitive slave act because they felt as though they were helping promote slavery by returning runaway slaves. This would later lead to the “Personal Liberty Laws.” The North did not want the act, the people felt bad for having to send the slaves back to
New crimes caused African Americans to have a harder time to get better jobs, good education, help from northerners, and more power in society. Convict leasing ended up being worse than slavery because the prisoners were weren’t looked at as property. As more people feared fines and jail time peonage became less common. Convict leasing and peonage were two new forms of slavery, even after slavery was supposed to be abolished. Information about the new crimes the established, convict leasing, and peonage among many other things throughout history are unknown to many
Throughout history races have been oppressed. Even after being freed are scared of their previous captors. We see that in this case because even though Tom Robinson is free he still has the mindset of a slave. Tom though free hasn 't pursued an education, which could help him make more money to help his family. This is because Tom thinks he can 't do those things because he is inferior to whites.
As through stats, the increasing graduation rate of African Americans only reduces the racial wealth disparity between White Americans and African Americans by 1 percent (McElwee). Moreover, African Americans also seem to experience discrimination in the labor market after graduation that is not experienced by White Americans (McElwee). Therefore, restricting them from fully attaining the benefits that come with higher education to increase their wealth as they often find it hard to get employed due to racial biases and prejudice views that prevents them from gaining lots of opportunities within the job market. Further reiterating that education alone does not determine one’s wealth as there are certain factors such as discrimination within the racial wealth gap that continually leaves one group at a disadvantage while another continues to reap the
Looking to insure order, the elite turned to racial differences as their answer. Before Bacon’s Rebellion, African slavery, based solely on race, was not a concept. However, recognizing an opportunity to split the working class, reducing the unity amongst them, the elite institutionalized political differences among whites and people of color. They began by instituting new laws that granted white working class men elevated privileges, creating a “psychological wage” that led them to believe that they were of a higher stature than people of color. At the same time, the flow of new indentured servants traveling to the New World greatly decreased due to the Great Fire of London.
Its spring 1865 and the Civil War is finally over- costing more than 600,000 lives, and a downfall economy for the South. Although economic reasons, slavery and state’s rights led the Civil War and had caused much damaged to the South, it still gave many African Americans slaves their freedom. But now what? What should the Nation do with the free slaves besides focusing on reuniting and reconstructing the South? Just because African Americans weren’t no longer slaves, does that mean they have the same social, politic and economic life as a white American?