Civil Rights Dbq

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“There must be the position of superior and inferior” was a statement by Lincoln which formed the basis of discrimination towards black Americans as it highlighted the attitudes of white Americans. Although civil rights for black people eventually improved through the years both socially and politically, it was difficult to change the white American view that black people are inferior to white people as the view was always enforce by the favour of having “the superior position assigned to the white race”. The period between 1880 and 1990 can be seen as a period of civil strife. The civil right movement had little impact with few significant improvements towards the overall goal of equality. Despite the thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteen amendments Reconstruction gave potential hope and opportunity for the black population even though it failed to bring economic gains to black .it instead established social gains as more and blacks migrated to the south, the federal freedman bureau made education more widely available for black this was successful as the percentage of illustrate blacks fell from 90% in 1860 to 70% in 1880 enabling ‘black success’ as an increase in literate people would add to a better organised and planned campaigns to help the movement strive for change. As well political gain was achieved by the emergence of the people party, an alliance of poor white farmer and black sharecroppers , however brief it threatened ‘bourbon’ supremacy which is a positive as a biracial democracy was being The Plessy vs. Ferguson (1896) ‘equal but separate’ decision robbed it of its meaning and confirmed this wasn’t the case as the court indicated this ruling did not violate black citizenship and did not imply superior and inferior treatment ,but it indeed did as it openly permitted racial discrimination in a landmark decision of a 8-1 majority ruling, it being said was controversial, as white schools and facilities received near to more than double funding than black facilities negatively contradicted the movement previous efforts on equality and maintaining that oppression on

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