The Post-Reconstruction Era

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The period of Reconstruction was formed to readmit Southern States back into the Union. Over the next ten years, significant changes were made such as schools were created, teachers were trained, and even black politicians were elected into office. “The Republican’s retreat from Reconstruction set the stage for its demise in 1877.”(Boyer, 493) Many African-Americans faced extreme opposition during this period of time. The Post-Reconstruction era was proof that although blacks were considered “worthy of freedom” (Boyer, 493) they were still thought of as “inferior to whites.”(Boyer, 493) Many of the laws imposed upon them would create conditions no better than those they contended with before the Civil War ended. Re-imposed white supremacy…show more content…
Black inferiority was not to be questioned or disputed. Whites used violence such as beatings and sexual abuse to exert power and control, as well as to impose fear into the lives of black slaves. During the time of slavery, blacks were kept in a separate group not given the equal treatment nor the freedoms that whites were given. They were the labor force, the lowest level in society; they were good enough to serve the whites, but not good enough to interact with on a social level. They were viewed as an inferior race, their wants and needs not important. Their level of living was reduced to the bare minimum, the lowest of the low, they were treated like animals, what whites thought befitted them. “Emancipation in June 1865 brought about an era of transition for the former slaves.”(Boyer, 467) Many of them knew not where to go, nor what their next function in society would be. Although blacks were free per say, Democratic whites used laws to impose restrictions on African-Americans. The Jim Crow Laws segregate everything from schools, parks, to even cemeteries. African-American facilities were looked at as being inferior. Segregation and disenfranchisement openly displayed the fact that white supremacy was still being displayed in the South. Again inferiority was a factor in the way the blacks were being treated. The whites felt that again they were at the top and the blacks were at the bottom.
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