However, many southern states found ways around the laws to disenfranchise the black populations. They did this by introducing a ‘Grandfather Clause’, which is that only people whose grandfather voted, gave them the ability to vote. Also literacy test was another method used, which in most ways wasn’t made fairly and even well educated people were disenfranchised and not allowed to vote. However, in 1946 President Truman established The President’s Committee on ‘Civil rights’, producing a report examining the experiences of racial minorities in America. The report was called ‘To Secure These Rights’, this report highlighted the problems facing African Americans and proposed radical changes to make American society better.
The Revolutionary War and the Holocaust were both seen as wars of liberation. Not many people took into consideration of how tragic the Holocaust was. The author also argues that the most important facts we as people of the U.S. should look into are the south’s motives for the Civil War. Slavery was a necessity; it was a natural minority for blacks. It was a means of social organization and control; it was technically like a foundation of a Southern white male free society; it was the new government.
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.
Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Right Acts of 1965 guaranteeing basic civil rights for all Americans, regardless of race, after a decade of non-violent protests and marches. Throughout the novel, there were many different means of non-violent protests. The black community were taking a different approach to the racism unlike the white people who were very violent and abusive. The black people wanted to be free from the segregation and would do anything to escape it, if they had of fought back matters may have been made worse and their lives would have been made even more unbearable. One of the forms of non-violent protests was Boycotts.
However, it took 50 years to end the slavery in Britain and took also another 25 years of its abolition in the United States. After the British abolitionists, it opened up a new mind that it is now everyone’s duty to speak up for those who suffer in all parts of the
The victory of the Union (Northern States) over the Confederate (Southern States) freed the Negroid’s from slavery, and gave them the right to vote, and own property. Although African Americans now had their liberty, they weren’t free from segregation, violence and prejudices. “We wear the Mask” is written from this experience, and regrettable it is still to a small degree part of the American fabric today. Being African American in the late 20th century wasn’t a bed of roses. They were the minority and were not treated with respect as a whole from its community.
Chapter 5 Summary- Supplemental Text Race tensions have existed ever since Spaniards brought the first black slaves to the Pee Dee River in present-day South Carolina in 1526. The slaves rose violently and slip off to live with the Indians while their masters, the Spaniards, returned to Haiti (135-136). Race is the deepest division in American life. The relations between white and black people ruined the Whig Party but inspired the formation of the Republican Party and, also, made the Democratic Party to be called “white man’s party” for a century (136). They motivated Congress’ first override of a presidential veto of the 1866 Civil Rights Act and inspired the Senate’s longest filibuster, the 1964 Civil Rights Act, of more than 534 hours (136).
The time before the Jim Crow laws had been passed. Jim Crow Laws were laws that were established between 1874 and 1954 to separate the white and black races in the American South. In theory, it was to create "separate but equal" treatment, but in reality and in practice, Jim Crow Laws condemned and restricted black citizens to inferior treatment and facilities. The fourteenth and fifteenth amendments were ratified six to seven years before the Jim Crow laws were passed which means that African Americans were citizens and had the right to vote. However the Jim Crow laws were created after the ratification of these amendment for the sole purpose to restrict African Americans from the rights they had been granted.
The text was set and written during the racial segregation period in 1920s-1930s. It was when the racial tensions in America reached boiling point. Discrimination against the racial minorities, especially the Negroes, could be seen everywhere- black and white are separated in public places including trains, parks and even cemeteries. Private schools of high quality could only be attended by white people. This matches with the situation faced by the Mulatto of the story- Bert Lewis, his family and also other black people working in the plantation.
These laws denied black Americans the equal rights of white citizens which re-imposed white supremacy and meant they remained as second-class citizens. It wasn’t only the Jim Crow laws but under the Fifteenth Amendment, black people had the legal right to vote throughout America. Nonetheless, the southern states found devious ways to disenfranchise the local black population. For example, some states introduced a grandfather clause, which meant that people could only vote if their grandfathers had been able to vote. Other states introduced literacy tests as criteria for voting.