Angelou also states, “If Joe lost we were back in slavery and beyond help. It would all be true, the accusations that we were lower types of human beings”. With this statement she describes the mistreatment of African Americans that was ongoing at that time; even though slavery no longer existed many white people still treated African Americans as inferiors. Louis needed to win in order to eliminate all the false accusations once and for all. In the last paragraph, once it is revealed that Louis won the fight, Angelou once again addresses the racial conflicts.
During this time, the north underwent major social, economic, and industrial changes known as the Antebellum Period. The south generally clung to cotton and slavery and thus remained essentially the same. However, increasing tensions surrounding slavery ultimately led to the breakdown of the compromise in the middle 19th century. Compromise could not be achieved in this time period due to political complaints and conflicts concerning slavery. In addition the moral and social stance on the issue divided the North and the South and made compromise difficult.
In example, the CCC creates separated camps between blacks and whites or the NRA was tolerating that blacks received less money than whites for the same jobs. Eleanor Roosevelt and Harry Hopkins were enforcing racial justice, the president created the “Black cabinet” offering position to numbers of blacks into his administration. African-Americans were employed in the New Deal agencies and more were appointed to jobs with the federal government than ever before. But most important problems were not solved. For instance “In Atlanta, Georgia, a Klan-like group called the Black Shirts paraded carrying signs that read, "No jobs for niggers until every white man has a job"(Jim Crow).
Published in 1896, “We Wear the Mask” is a lyric poem about oppressed black Americans forced to conceal their pain and frustration behind a cloak of happiness. During the time of the poem's publication, hostility and hate towards blacks was widespread throughout America. Although the Civil War had granted blacks their freedom from slavery and federal laws gave them the right to vote, own property, etc., they still were not treated as equals. Segregation become a big problem among blacks and whites. Schools, restaurants, libraries, even insignificant things such as water fountains were all segregated.
During the mid 1800’s many Americans began to have mix feelings over the issue of slavery. Many northern Americans believed that slavery was morally wrong and that it was an evil. Southerners on the other hand believed it was a good for the economy as well as for commerce. This great split of attitudes between the north and the south eventually led to threat of the civil war. The North saw the issue of slavery as an evil.
It could be argued that the arrival of the black power movement did hinder the fight for black civil rights in 1960’s because of the negative media attention it gained because of the violent method used. It could also be argued that it helped to speed up the fight for civil rights and make the whites take more notice because the riots were being published throughout America. It can be seen that the black power movement did hinder the black civil rights fight in 1960’s because of the negative view it gave of the African Americans. The violent riots which the black power were behind started in the summers of 1965 to 1968 , first occurring in los angles but soon spreading to other cities. The reason for the riots were because the black powers were getting fed up with the slow change nonviolent protest that Martin Luther King was behind were actually doing for the African Americans.
Oh, and lets not forget the KKK (if that falls into this category; I think it does) who harassed, intimidated, and killed black people. They basically couldn’t escape being tormented. During this period, the south was suffering pretty badly economically. When cotton production slowed significantly during the Civil War, countries that had been deprived of cotton began to grow their own and market prices were cut in half. Banks that loaned to the Confederate government could not collect their debts.
Although the end of the American civil war marked the end of slavery for African Americans, it did not mark their acceptance and equality with white people. Many southern states resented losing their slaves and were determined to keep African Americans as second class citizens. In 1950 segregation was in full force, meaning African Americans had separate churches, public transport, theatres, schools, hotels, swimming pools and many other facilities to white people. Segregation also applied to where people lived, so African Americans could only live in certain areas separate from white people, with these areas being much worse than the white suburbs, despite the separate but equal principle. Even when this was challenged in the Plessy vs Ferguson Supreme Court case the separate but equal principle was found to be constitutional.
Thematic essay on Equality Throughout American history, people of all races, cultures, and religion, have been discriminated against, and denied the right to ” life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” The African Americans are one group that has been denied those rights for ages. Although the 1776 Declaration of Independence proclaimed that "all Men are created equal", some classes of people enjoyed more rights than others. The African Americans have been enslaved for years and years. They were dragged in the slave trade, beaten, sold as property, separated from family, culture, and relocated to different places where they would serve their master as long as they were needed. They were denied things such as, education, freedom of speech and even there right to live.
After that, Congress held the power to influence the American macrocosm of its society but internal shifting of power created made Congress into a veritable seesaw. The Congress' Reconstruction efforts failed because of the political shifts in power that caused the issues of remerging to jump one way or another, hate crimes and groups that were allowed to fester, and the social willingness to accept and encourage segregation. In the heated Congressional meets of the Reconstruction, southern Democrats and northern Republicans were at a battle with one another, with each gaining ground and then falling back. The Radical Republicans, as they came to be known, were the majority party rule before the Amnesty Acts of 1872 and were pro-war, pro-abolitionist and pro-freedmen’s rights. Such things passed under them were the Freedmen’s Bureau and the Civil Rights Acts of 1866 both of which were ultimately vetoed by President Johnson, a pro-slavery racist and the new member of the Republican hit list.