Essay On African American Freedom

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PROGRESSION OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN IN U.S. HISTORY: FREEDOM “In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free-honorable alike in what we give and what we preserve. We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best, hope of earth (Lincoln, Abraham).” The Civil War was revolutionary in many ways. It was the start of what I believe to be the beginning of freedom for African-Americans. President Abraham Lincoln wrote and issued the Emancipation Proclamation which did not end slavery but led to the passing of the Thirteenth Amendment. The Thirteenth Amendment did end slavery by legally abolishing it although, African-Americans were considered free they still did not have all the same equal rights and privileges that whites had. After the passing of the thirteenth Amendment many things were changed throughout the South for African-Americans. The former slaves did not have the same rights and privileges as their white counterparts. The freed slaves were supposed to be able to live an equal life and enjoy the same privileges the whites did. The thirteenth Amendment…show more content…
These laws were referred to as Jim Crow laws. By definition: Jim Crow laws were state and local laws passed from the end of Recon- struction in 1877 through the mid-1950s by which white southerners reas- serted their dominance by denying African Americans basic social, eco- nomic, and civil rights, such as the right to vote. (Chegg Inc.) These laws were unfair and still showed the differences in their economic and social status. The most common types of laws forbade interracial marriage and ordered business owners and public institutions to keep their black and white clientele separate. The whites enforced these laws by fining, arresting and even by hanging the African-Americans. On June 7, 1982, Homer Plessy was jailed for sitting in the white section of the
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