African-American: End of Isolation Essay

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African-American: End of Isolation Shannon Eads HIS 204 Instructor Burnette June 17, 2012 Slavery for the African people started many years before they were brought to the United States in the year 1619. African-Americans have fought many years to end segregation, discrimination, and isolation in order to attain equality and civil rights. First of all I would like to point out the meaning of the previous terms. Segregation is the separation or isolation of a race, class, or ethnic group by enforced or voluntary residence in a restricted area, by barriers to social intercourse, by separate educational facilities, or by other discriminatory means. Discrimination is unfair treatment of one person or group, usually because of prejudice about race, ethnicity, age, religion, or gender. Isolation is the process of separating somebody or something from others, or the fact of being alone and separated from others. There have been many civil rights leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr, and Rosa Parks, and Roy Wilkins, to name a few. They have worked very hard together so that African-Americans today can have the same rights the white population has. In my opinion, the fight to end racial discrimination and attaining equality and civil rights will never end. It will continue to be a struggling battle for African-Americans, both in the present and the future, as it was for their ancestors who also fought for freedom and the injustice of slavery. Even before the end of the Civil War, African-Americans have struggled to end segregation, discrimination, isolation in order to attain equality and civil rights. Although Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, it did not free the slaves. “The Emancipation Proclamation only set in order the potential freedom for slaves” (Bowles, 2011). It was the Thirteenth Amendment of the Constitution that

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