Freed Slaves In The United States

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At the end of the Civil War, freed slaves had no rights. In an attempt to remedy the Civil War, amendments were passed in the years after the conflict.The 15th amendment established in March 30, 1870 introduced that no voting rights shall not be denied in the United States or by any state because of race, color or previous conditions of work. Yet most African Americans will never get to vote. The Jim Crow Laws in the South found a way around the 15th amendment to deny the right to vote to most freed slaves. This was done mostly by the use of literacy test, poll taxes and intimidation and terror. The amendment declined to protect freed slaves voting rights and helped restored white supremacy in the south. The voting rights act failed to protect…show more content…
White Supremacist Groups such as The White League, Ku Klux Klan, The Knights of Camelia and many more other groups attempted to prevent the 15th amendment by the use of violence. These white supremacy groups were successful in the act of keeping republican voters and freed slaves from voting or turning them into democrats. “We nail all, radicals up in Boxes and send them away to K K K - there is. 200 000 ded men retured to this country to make you and all the rest of the radicals good Democrats and vote right with the white people you have got it to do or leave this country no nigger is safe unless he Joins the Democratic Club then you will be safe and have friends (Onion, Rebecca)”. Even though the establishment of the 15th amendment especifically mentioned that no voting rights shall not be denied by any race, color, or previous condition of work. White Supremacist groups were able to found a way around the amendment to be able to keep freed slaves and republican voters from voting or making them vote for democrats by the use of intimidation, violence which was never against the law and no accusations were made even though knowing the who they were. When the federal troops left in the Missouri Compromise of 1877 left, freed slaves and republican voters remained unprotected and eventually white supremacy was restored in the South and continued for almost another 100…show more content…
As most blacks couldn’t read, Literacy Test reduced massively freed slaves who wanted to register to vote as well as did Poll Taxes because it was too expensive for them to pay. Intimidation also reduced the numbers freed slaves that wanted to register to vote as they were under constant threatening. The Voting Rights Act failed to rebuild the nation as freed slaves rights were not protected by the constitution and eventually help restore White Supremacy in the South that would eventually last for another 100
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