However, state government was also a major obstacle in achieving the vote for African Americans. This is because many states were unwilling to grant blacks the vote and so various means were used to prevent this from happening. For example South Carolina refused to prosecute members of the KKK, allowing the anti-civil rights group to terrorize African Americans, stopping them from voting through fear. ‘Black codes’ varied from state to state and were used to prevent blacks from voting or serving on juries. Most states also enforced voting qualifications such a literacy tests and a tax,
A black who tried to register in Mississippi was shot at by a white. One registrar drew a gun and ordered a black activist to leave. Several activists were beaten. Sitkoff says, ‘only a significant federal presence in the Deep South might have saved the voter registration program.’ (124) Blacks saw President Kennedy as a ‘temporizer and manipulator’ who would act only ‘when it suited his
Her father Atticus, a lawyer, had a choice to defend a black man, Tom Robison, who was being accused of raping and beating up a young white women. At the time, Tom Robison was married with kids. To many people, he is a hard working respected black man. Myella, the young women who was beaten and raped, came from a very poor family
They accuse him of raping and beating a young white woman. Harper Lee's to kill a Mockingbird and John Grishman's a time to kill are both about racial prejudice in the south, Atticus Finch and Jake Brigance try to end racial prejudice in the south. In the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee there was a lot of racism. One example of racism was that the word "nigger" Was use a couple times. African-Americans
To what extent did The Ku Klux Klan prevented African Americans from gaining Civil Rights in the years 1960-64? Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, the Ku Klux Klan re-emerged, feeling that their goal of white supremacy was being challenged by the Civil Rights Campaign. Between these years they created many problems for the campaign, and could even be blamed for the lack of Civil Rights legislation in this period. One of the key ways in which the Klan blocked any progress was through intimidation and fear. In many Southern States the force and presence of the Klan was enough to dissuade African Americans from joining the campaign - Mississippi, as state with the highest amount of Klan activity also had the lowest amount of registered African American voters, and the lowest amount of NAACP activists.
This was during a time when Blacks did not yet have the right to vote, and people’s argument for why they did not was because they were uninterested and illiterate. This fake election that was held definitely showed they were more than capable and should be given the right to vote. The election exemplified the Black Power Movement that we learned about in class. It was an attempt to change political policy to include Black people and their
The Klan was targeting black political leaders and other blacks due the Reconstruction. For the first time, the Ku Klux Klan Act designated certain crimes committed by individuals as federal offenses, including conspiracies to deprive citizens of the right to hold office, serve on juries and enjoy the equal protection of the law. (Klu Klux
Nixon did not attempt to gain the African American vote, due to African Americans trying to desegregate themselves. Nixon thought if he supported the African Americans he would lose votes of American voters. Opposing Nixon, Kennedy supported the desegregation of African Americas from the American population. Kennedy reinforced the civil rights movements and went on record stating he has and will endorse Martin Luther King Jr’s acts after Kennedy secured King’s release from imprisonment. Kennedy’s campaign advisers advised him not to support the African American race because he would lose voters in the south.
The Supreme Court made it possible for laws and acts to get passed to help the cause. Without the Supreme Courts decisions, the work put in by Presidents and Private citizens would never be set in stone. One case was Brown Vs Board of Education, In which a family wanted their kid to be able to go to a certain school, but their kid couldn’t go because she was black. The Courts ruling was that segregation was not constitutional in the Education place. This decision contradicted the previous decision in the case Plessy Vs Ferguson which ruled that separate but equal was fine.
Its main objective was to try an end the political disenfranchisement of African Americans in the Deep South. As a result, the three organizations worked hard to establish Freedom Schools, providing education for African American children. Freedom Schools were often targets of white mobs as well as homes of local African Americans involved in the campaign. That summer 30 black homes and 37 black churches were firebombed. Over 80 volunteers were beaten by white mobs or racist police officers and three men, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, were murdered by the Ku Klux Klan on 21st June, 1964.