Racism was the reason why northerners had little interest in black’s right except as a means to protect the union or to safeguard the republic. It was also the reason that they were willing to do away with reconstruction and with it the welfare of African American. Congress might of have passed a constitutional amendment that did away with slavery, it could not over turn the social habits of two centuries. The United States is home to people of almost every
The KKK used brutal violence, black people were beaten, lynched, burned, shot or drowned. Employees of the Freedman’s Bureau and white northern teachers, who educated black people, were also threatened to be killed. The KKK was banned in 1872 but it continues illegally and was in fact popular. The problem was that many judges and policeman were often Klan members therefore made it difficult to stop the Klans
April 9, 1865 the Civil War ended and despite their new found freedom things did not get any easier for African Americans in fact things got much worst, many were beaten and kill savagely because of their new found freedom. African Americans in later years would find that they could work the jobs no one else would want, and get paid much less for those jobs and not only were they paid less they were treated as a second class citizen only being allowed to use resources for colored people. As time progressed African Americans fought to have the same rights as other Americans and the Civil Rights movement was born. The right for equality has paved the way for many African Americans today who can be found in every facet of America, from lawyers, to doctors, nurses, to teachers, Wall Street and even the
(doc C) Many southerners believed that these were more than enough rights for African Americans or even too many. Many southerners believed that is was unfair or even wrong that Blacks had more rights than they knew what to do with. Southerners believed that free Black abused their power. Southerners believed that Blacks helped Carpetbaggers who exploited southern lands and robbed white property holders. And sooner or later southerners will take back control.
Some blacks had to pay to vote through the use of “poll taxes” while others were discouraged by complicated literacy tests. The goal of white America at that time was to take away the freedoms of the African Americans and make them feel like they were inferior. They continued to segregate churches, mass transportation, schools, restaurants, and other public venues with increasing strength. The rise of supremacy groups such as the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) led to further manipulation, intimidation, violence, house and church burnings, lynching, and murders of African Americans. Blacks continued to be treated like second class citizens and were forced into their subordinate place in society that still perpetuates today.
Southerners continued to marginalize Blacks in their behavior toward ex-slaves and the later African American generation, continuing the escalation of racial tensions through white terror and discriminatory attitudes (Tindall & Shi, 2010, p. 759). Most subversively, southern newspapers propagated stereotypes against African Americans in their coverage and descriptions of constitutional conventions (Logue, 1979, p. 342). Although Radical Reconstruction offered some progress toward social equality after the Civil War, its success was short-lived as African Americans suffered vast disenfranchisement through racist rulings, attitudes, and media representation in the South at the turn of the century. Rulings against African Americans After the Civil War had come to an end, African Americans in the South quickly made use of their new-found political and social rights, employing their right to vote from the Fifteenth Amendment and serving as prominent political figures (Tindall & Shi, 2010, p. 722). However, the formerly fervent commitment to Radical Reconstruction soon dwindled (Tindall & Shi, 2010, p. 739).
Few believed in it. Many lynchings were recorded from the north do to violent reasons. Causes & Motivating factors for racial? Lynching was noticeable in the Southern parts of the United States. In the south, people were blaming their financial problems on the newly freed slaves that lived around them.
Being Held Down The 60’s were a decade of breaking barriers for African Americans in the United States. In 1964 Congress passed the Civil Rights act, making it illegal to discriminate on the basis of race. This allowed African Americans to be treated equal and enjoy a social life in the same public areas as whites. Following the legal actions, African Americans experienced what sociologists would call rising expectations. They believed that the recent legal actions would bring better conditions in the lives of African Americans.
Race has always been attached to history primarily to the person’s color and the relationship between race and their social status. Although there were many white Americans that welcome the idea of having African Americans as equals, others did not agree to the change. They let their ignorance, racism, and self-interest to continue and spread their ideas of racial division to everyone around them. However, governments in the south, where ninety percent of blacks lived, barred them of their constitutional rights through poll taxes, limitations on registration, and literacy tests. Southern state governments also created legislation that restricted and controlled the lives of the ex-slaves, known as the “Black Codes”.