1863-1931 Civil War

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“Despite the brief gains of the Civil War, the new white regimes set about putting the blacks into a lowly place in the scheme of things.” To what extent do you think that this assessment is accurate in describing the period 1863 to 1931? Although it was one of the bloodiest conflicts in history, the American Civil War did not solve the problem of the American Negro. While slavery was abolished, white Southerners could not reconcile themselves with the idea of freed blacks. Instead, the Southern states resisted all attempts by the newly reformed government to grant freed black slaves equality. Throughout the South during the period 1863 to 1931, many racial groups emerged whose purpose was to terrorize freed blacks and prevent them from…show more content…
A reign of terror began in the Southern states of the USA, ably lead by anti-black groups such as the White Knights and the Ku Klux Klan. Their purpose was to completely terrorise the black population and also to prevent them from voting. White Southerners continued to treat their African-American neighbours with revulsion and the new rise of racist societies saw unparalleled levels of racial tension and hatred. One Ku Klux Klan member from the period said, “…our main and fundamental objective is the maintenance of the supremacy of the white race…and has intended to give us dominion over inferior races…” The South continued to treat freed black slaves unequally and the number of black lynchings rose every year. The racist groups and societies of the South continued to use their shock tactics to either scare American Negroes into submission or simply by resorting to violence, enabled continual racial oppression, The racial tension and hatred born in the South combined with the manipulation of the law saw freed black slaves forced into a lower place in society, thereby relieving them of any civil rights they had gained tin the immediate aftermath of the war and freed black slaves were left with very little to console themselves
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