Did The End Of Slavery, Mean The End Of Inequality By 1945? (1000 Words) Over 80 years had passed since Slavery was abolished in America and many things had happened in attempts to rid the country of inequality between the Civil War and the Victory of the Second World War. Even after all this time blacks were not completely equal and racism still existed due to heavy segregation. Before the 1860’s the blacks found themselves under slavery to the white Americans. The blacks were treated in an inhumane style, receiving violent beating and extreme manual labour for many hours of the day, minimum amounts of food and poor living conditions.
Also, the vast majority of black Americans were disenfranchised by grandfather clauses and literacy tests which made it very hard for black Americans to vote. Finally the Ku Klux Klan terrorised black Americans using techniques such as lynching. By contrast in the Northern States, segregation was rare. What is more, Black Americans has greater access to higher-paid industrial jobs and many were organised in unions. However, on average black workers earned 50% less than their white counterparts.
Primary means the better jobs and secondary means the bad jobs. (Kenneth Hudson) The rich people received all the high end jobs and got promotions and the poorer people got all the dirty work and low pay. Most minority groups worked for pretty much nothing bringing home maybe .50 cents a day and the Americans would be bringing home 1.50 a day or more. The
It was much harder for blacks to get a job, and there employment position could be described as ‘the last to be hired, the first to be fired’. African Americans faced discrimination almost in every job, and they earned less, often due to the poor educational opportunities. The voting rights were different in the North from the South. In the North, almost all African Americans could vote. In the South however, the blacks were disfranchised, since the state governments introduced literacy tests, tests on the knowledge of constitution and Poll taxes, which African Americans had trouble with, because of poor education and financial problems.
The poor are disproportionately affected by environmental problems and a recent Associated Press analysis of government data revealed that black Americans are 79% more likely than whites to live in areas where industrial pollution poses the greatest danger. Also “unemployment for African Americans is twice that of non-Hispanic Whites. The average net worth for Blacks is $6,166 compared with $67,000 for Whites. The root of the wealth inequality lies in a past in which African Americans were denied opportunities to accumulate assets. The discrepancies in wealth mean that many African Americans do not benefit from
The price of goods was so high and was so worthless that it cost Southerners in some places several hundred Confederate dollars to buy a single loaf. As a result hunger and no nutrient became bad, in addition, much of the land from Tennessee to Georgia and up to South Carolina had been destroyed by General William Tecumseh Sherman’s troops on their March to the Sea. Many slaves in the South effectively freed themselves by refusing to work and flocking to Union lines in droves. The North meanwhile was in many ways better off in 1864 than it had been before the war, for the economy had experienced an enormous boom during the war years and had set the industrial machine into high gear. This industrial boom in the North, coupled with inability pf Richmond’s government to provide cohesive leadership, won the war for the Union.
Though the fifteenth amendment gave black males the right to vote a poll tax was introduced to eliminate the black vote. It was effective because the large majority of blacks were poor and needed the money for priorities other than voting. Policies like these drove blacks deeper into poverty and only made the color line more definite. Racism also played a large role in immigration. Immigrants from all over the world were flooding the shores of the U.S. looking for the promise of the American Dream.
Political analysts have described the Ceausescu leadership as the worst to be experienced in the communist nation outside Soviet Union. Ceausescu’s first and foremost concern was the expansion of his personal power and became fascinated with the idea of autocratic ideological dictatorship. His regime is characterized by political oppression, cruel tactics of social control, disastrous economic policies and a peculiar foreign policy. Records show that as many as 2 million Romanians were victimized by the communist regime between 1945 and 1989. 22 years after the fall of communism in 1989, Romania is still struggling to adjust economically and socially after enduring repressive measures for half a century, more recently under the cruel dictatorship of Nicolae Ceausescu.
The distribution of power and wealth is greatly skewed and has never been so off set. Americans overlook and constantly underestimate the level of economic inequality in the United States. “From 1949 to 1979, everyone benefited from the strong economy: the poorest 20 percent of Americans gained 116 percent in terms of their before-tax incomes, while the top 20 percent gained 99 percent. But this pattern changed in the 1970s. From
It’s a lacking sense of belonging to this world. The narrator comes to a realization and an understanding, late in his journey and after living a long life he shares this insight on this matter with the reader. In the twentieth century our country was in a different place and its society had another outlook towards African Americans and dealings with them. Race relations in this country in the early twentieth century, was intense and explosive. During and after the Reconstruction, African Americans were completely betrayed by their own country.