Reconstruction DBQ Reconstruction was a time period of repair after the Civil War. It was to repair the North and the South politically, socially, and economically. It was also to rejoin the South back into the Union. The goal of reconstruction was to build a perfect democratic society where citizens of all races have equal rights. Reconstruction was successful at giving blacks many more rights than they had in earlier years but failed to enforce the laws protecting the rights of Blacks in the South.
During the period there were mainly two Civil Rights Act . The first one is the Civil Rights Act of 1964, this Civil Rights Act legally made segregation illegal.However, segregation still existed in many ways, for example, black children still could't go to white local schools. The act in 1965, demanded black people should have higher education opportunities .This improved the average knowledge of black people, and raised more black people with plasticity. Above is why I think desegregation is the most important factor that led to racial equality achievements during the period
World War II may not have been a pleasant thing to endure, but it seems to be a pivotal moment for black history and their civil rights. During World War II, African American Men fought in the army for civil rights across the globe while representing America; they had started to wonder why it was not happening at home. This sparked a huge rise in black activism in America. The status of African Americans seemed to be minor and still had a long way to go until equality was established, but improvements were being made which meant that it could lead onto bigger and more drastic improvements. The improvements being made seemed to be in favour of hopefully treating African Americans as equals.
All of these Supreme Court rulings show de jure change in favour of blacks and improving the status of African Americans. But it wasn’t just the Supreme Court, as the Federal Government were involved too. Although the Civil Rights 1960 can be regarded as a failure, Congress still passed significant acts that changed the status of blacks and it was in positive ways too. Under President Johnson’s idea of a ‘great society’, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act in 1964, outlawing segregation in public places and thereby changing the status of African Americans. The Voting Rights Act 1965 was a significant law that changed the status of blacks.
This meant that a black man had just as much say as a white man in a court of law and was protected from prejudice and racial segregation as of the 1875 Civil Rights Act. These developments caused by the Civil War were helped by presidents Lincoln and Johnson. Lincoln believed in equal racial rights and the abolition of slavery, as did Johnson; except when Johnson became president he hindered the development of black Civil Rights because although he encouraged the 13th amendment; he was a white supremacist and was not in support for equal racial rights and in 1866 tried to veto the Civil Rights Bill. This
The youth of the 60’s decided that if they were equal enough to fight for the freedom of all Americans on foreign soil, then they wanted to enjoy the same lifestyle as the privileged whites in their own country. Under the guidance of Dr. Martin Luther King, a black minister from Alabama, the black Americans organized what is now referred to as the Civil Rights movement; a peaceful protest against the unfair treatment of all minorities. The movement was quickly spread nationwide and put pressure on President John F. Kennedy to introduce desegregation to the legislation. Protests around the country had turned extremely violent despite King’s attempts at peaceful protests. Blacks were being beaten and murdered while white authorities stood back and watched.
The NAACP and SCLC welcomed black and white members arguing that the cooperation between the two would make the movement stronger. However the more radical groups felts that black people should work alone. Furthermore, groups in America during this period such as; SNCC and CORE, were both protest groups which aimed at improving working and living conditions for black people, and to make them equal to other races in the USA. These had been quite moderate organisations which were linked to Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement. This was the first time that black organisations had really tried to improve conditions in the cities.
While the statement is true and affirmative action has in fact opened many doors to African Americans it has also set many up for failure and has begun a path of separation again. People of colored skin have been singled out by rules and guidelines of companies for decades and yet the government still wants to call it fair. Is it really fair though? Is it fair to give a job to someone just because of the color of their skin? We are now separating people based off our assumptions of what someone can do and what someone cannot do.
The African-Americans fought long and hard to achieve their civil rights, educational rights, and social equality; and not only did it benefit them, it benefitted for the good of all. The achievements of historic courageous African-Americans opened up opportunities to the future African-American community, and ultimately, to other ethnic minorities. Without their struggle and persistent endeavor, African-Americans and ethnic minorities may still be living in a day and age of oppression and inequality. Their achievements not only deemed beneficial to the people of American, but also economically and socially, blooming America into a technological era, but I digress. As a result of the Civil Rights Movement, we now live in a day of age of more liberal thinking and flexible perspectives, but still lack certain freedom.
The noted legislative achievements during this phase of the Civil Rights Movement were the passages of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, that had banned discrimination based on “race, color, religion, or national origin” in the employment practices and the public accommodations. This was a new world for blacks, they were now able to blend in with our people and although the threat was there, it was legal. This was a new change, more rights were given, more respect, and a new life from what they had experienced previously in our