Prior to the Civil War, African Americans were never treated very humanely. The Whites were the dominant race while the African Americans suffered under their commands as slaves who were treated unequally. Because slavery was such a huge issue, it became the reason of the outbreak of the Civil War. The African American troops in the movie Glory fought with their lives in hopes of winning the war to achieve freedom. Their goal was to abolish slavery completely and prevent it from harming many people.
, U.S. History 1.06 Assessment 9-24-15 Social Limitations: During the Civil War times and after the war, the African Americans had it rough. The Whites and the Blacks were not exactly friends, more like business partners if anything. The African Ameri8cans were not allowed to live in the same neighborhood as the Whites. They had to live in separate communities and even then there were still problems. The African American children did not attend the same schools as the Whites.
One of the first inaccuracies that was present in the movie was the suggestion that most of the African American soldiers fighting in the war where fugitive slaves, like John Rawlins or Private Trip, who had escaped from the South and had a desire to fight for the abolitionist north. In actuality most of the soldiers who fought in the 54th Massachusetts regiment where African Americans who were free slaves, like Thomas Seares, from not only Massachusetts but also Pennsylvania and New York. Of course there were some soldiers who were running away from the secessionist southern states who enlisted in the northern states to help their cause. In the film Robert Gould Shaw, who is played by Mathew Broderick, is offered the position of Colonel of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment by the governor of Massachusetts, Governor John Albion Andrew and accepts it the same day he is offered the position. In actuality however, Robert Gould Shaw was offered the position as commanding officer but REJECTED the offer when it was first presented to him.
Although in most places in the north they’re was no longer rigid racial etiquette they were aloud to mix with whites, but it remained still that they were poorer and so lived in more undesirable places with poor living conditions so they never really mixed with white Americans anyway. This shows that the Second World War never really had an effect on the lives of African Americans because they still had to deal with major segregation in the south. Although the laws may have changed the attitudes of most White people didn’t change because they were so used to their standard ways of living. However there were changes of attitudes by the government as on December 5, 1946, Truman established by executive order the President’s Committee on Civil Rights. The committee was instructed to investigate the status of civil rights in the United States and propose measures to strengthen and protect the civil rights of American citizens.
A Short History of Reconstruction By: Eric Forner Book Review The Short History of Reconstruction by Eric Foner gives insight about the years after the Civil War and the Reconstruction of America. This book covers the time span of the entire Reconstruction and spans from the end of the Civil War to just before the 1900’s. It focuses more on the South’s Reconstruction than the North, because the war had a greater and more identifiable effect in the South. One of the most widespread complications of the Reconstruction that Forner discusses was the lack of housing and jobs for the newly freed blacks. A great contributor to this issue was racism among the white population.
Transformational leaders are under the assumption that people will follow them because their inspiring. They are the type of person that have vision and passion and they believe the way to get things done is by injecting enthusiasm and energy. Colonel Shaw had a vision of training an all black infantry with honor, pride and the skills to go into combat and fight for the rights they deserve. He sold his vision to black soldiers and to his upper command who still did not think black men were capable of being good soldiers. In the beginning of the film Colonel Shaw is asked to lead an all black company of union soldiers which he accepted.
Civil War The Civil War was a war fought between 1861-1865. It was also know as the War Between the States. During this time rights for African Americans were limited. They wanted to be treated equally and fought for equal rights. The South felt that Lincoln should not do slavery and take away their economy or their way of life.
4 These circumstances demonstrated the power the black communities had during the war knowing the nation could not afford to put production on hold. Many black civil rights organizations were formed including NAACP and the FEPC. These organizations took advantage of this need for black workers as well as protests against the government knowing FDR could not afford to sacrifice the image of equality and freedom throughout the nation and became an intricate part in advancements for African-American civil rights. These threatening protests were known as, “the March on Washington”. These movements became very successful in implementing more civil rights for
How freedoms for African Americans were socially, politically, and economically limited from 1865 to 1900 After the Civil War ended with Union victory, constitutional amendments were ratified to grant equal rights and freedom to enslaved African Americans; however, these rights were limited, restricted by those discriminating against African Americans. This new opportunity, promising African Americans better lives soon turned into lives full of terror and poverty. Many were poor, segregated in public facilities, and harassed, threatened or beaten by White Supremacy terror groups. Instead of living hopeful lives full with prosperity the African Americans wished for, they struggled to survive under conditions that gave them as much freedom as slaves had. African Americans’ social rights were very limited partially because of the Black Codes and Jim Crow laws.
Examples included voting rights and citizenship, and the founders passed this to the states to decide. According to Bowles, 2011, American History 1865 to present End of Isolation, though slavery was the underlying reason for the war, another central debate was the rights of states versus the powers of the federal government. While Republicans were strongly in favor of a stronger federal government, Johnson opposed this direction and wanted states to have more power, includ¬ing the southern states. Which basically meant, more blacks in the government ; Johnson disapproved. As Johnson and Congress wres¬tled with these issues, their clash came to somewhat of a head with a disagreement over the Freedman’s Bureau.