The Pros And Cons Of Black Americans

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It is discussed that the lives of black American did not improve significantly as racism was entrenched in governments and white Americans, especially southerners. Although amendments and acts sought out to better the lives of black Americans, it did not mean they were immediately treated as equal and given rights.
Black Americans had a very difficult life post-Civil War as the rest of America was not prepared to stop depriving them of their civil rights as it was beneficial to them to have black Americans kept under oppression. The abolition of slavery cost slave owners over $2 billion in property only. This severely impacted the economy as it was in crisis and white slave owners did not have any slaves to serve them on plantations. It is argued that Reconstruction had more disadvantages to black Americans than advantages since the deep rooted racism in the south controlled all affairs as they were members of Congress, the Supreme Court and government.
Land renting began in 1865 in the form of sharecropping. Landowners would divide large plantations into farms that were 30-40 acres and half of the crop produced on the farm would be used as a payment for the rent of the farm. However, post abolition, many slaves did not have enough money to be able to subsidize this which meant that now former slaves would have to live in
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To further suppress black Americans, they would be arrested and imprisoned for the most trivial crimes or misdemeanours with very lengthy sentences, this was beneficial as the prison system in America was legalized slavery, due to the 13th Amendment. And hence the argument that their lives were not enriched, in spite of the acts and amendments put in

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