African Americans During Reconstruction Summary

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The Real Truth about Blacks during Reconstruction The real truth about African American history has been twisted in many aspects. What blacks did with their lives seems to be unknown and misinterpreted by some historians. To express clarity regarding blacks’ lifestyles after the Civil War and during Reconstruction would be to impartially juxtapose other historians’ viewpoints of blacks. We must ask ourselves, were blacks at this time apathetic, politically unqualified, benighted, and were they compliant when it came to seeking positive change for themselves and their families? We must evaluate African Americans for who they really were during this time instead of disenfranchising their very character. Blacks were considered to be ambitious and strongly desired self improvement along with an admiration for education by authors such as Foner. They had an eagerness for independence from white control. (Foner, Reconstruction 36) Other historians such as Bailey state that Democracy is a delicate mechanism which requires education and information. The biased viewpoint of this author seems to think the overwhelming majority of blacks could not participate in…show more content…
The extracts view on African American education is the most misinterpreted. Blacks had a burning desire to educate themselves after being given their freedom. The ignorance described in a most negative way by the three textbooks was a lot of time a strategy used by blacks to undermine their masters. Blacks started their own schools after being given their freedom along with starting churches and developing other sorts of organizations. Within the black desire to self improve their social status many obstacles did await them. In the realm of politics was the greatest of these difficulties but yet some of the greatest accomplishments were achieved by the black
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