Equality is something that should be given to every human and not earned or be taken away. However, this idea does not present itself during the 1930’s in the southern states including Alabama. African Americans faced overwhelming challenges because of the thought of race superiority. Therefore, racism in the southern states towards African Americans made their lives tough to live because of disparity and inhumane actions towards this particular group of people. Even though Blacks were granted independence, laws were set up to limit this accomplishment.
These black codes prohibited interracial marriages, the ownership of guns or liquor, congregation in large groups and had curfews for these freedmen. Furthermore, these black codes forced the freedmen to sign annual work contracts that were offensive and offered only in the agricultural f... ... middle of paper ... ...n a way of life in the south. In conclusion, the Reconstruction was overall ineffective for giving real rights to African Americans. In effect, all of these outcomes only gave the white an advantage and gave African Americans a difficult way of life. As for the social structure in the south, they ended up getting things their way, winning themselves back into domination of southern state control.
However, just because of the new amendment it was not going to be taken seriously by citizens because they did not change their beliefs. The controversy that the blacks faced when they were newly emancipated was very violent because they did not have the respect of the whites and they would not be treated equally. To continue, the first state to create laws governing the issue of free blacks and restricting what they could do in everyday life was Mississippi. They wanted to restrict what they could do... ... middle of paper ... ...eliefs on how blacks are received. The Emancipation Proclamation was a major turning point in our country’s modern history, but reconstruction caused major conflicts that to many years to resolve.
Jim Crow Laws were an extreme obstacle in the integration of African Americans. Hate Groups were another attempt to restrain blacks from integrating into society. Although the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments were designed to provide freedom for the slaves, they were still denied their freedom by specific obstacles. Although the Thirteenth Amendment outlawed slavery, whites kept their supremacy by finding legal ways to control blacks. Many white Southerners were not in favor of the 13th Amendment so many Southern states enforced Black Codes, which basically returned blacks to slavery without calling it slavery.
Often, they lost their jobs or were thrown off their farms” (Voting Rights for Blacks and Poor Whites in the Jim Crow South 1). This clearly affected their right to vote because it scared them away from the poles. In addition to this, they were given literacy tests and property tests. If they were deemed illiterate, they were unable to vote (Voting Rights for Blacks and Poor Whites in the Jim Crow South 1). This was especially unfair because even if the black citizen could understand what was being said to them, the administrator of the test would say that they couldn 't in order to prevent them from voting (Voting Rights for Blacks and Poor Whites in the Jim Crow South 1).
Johnson then once again gave the Southern states freedom to run their state governments. People believed that Johnson was ignoring the former slaves’ rights. This became more and more evident, as the Black Codes began to form in the South. These were the many laws confining the African Americans to what some thought to be slavery except in name. In 1865, when Johnson declared reconstruction to be over, many Republicans, appalled at this, took action by refusing to seat Southerners that had recently been elected into Congress.
The government also failed to help stabilize the economy for the South, and the political situation was filled with distrust and corruption. During the Reconstruction period in the South, the government also did little to help the social situation in the South. When the South joined the Union, they began to put in place laws that would restrict the rights of the newly freed slaves in most of the Southern states. These laws were called the Black Codes. Some of the laws in the Black Codes stated that the newly freed slaves were not allowed to talk freely, bear arms or gather for meetings.
The American Civil War ended in 1865, the Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves, yet a century later, the United States was not an equal country. The Emancipation Proclamation may have freed the slaves from their masters, but it did not ensure freedom in society. African Americans faced abuse, segregation, and discrimination in every corner. Some African Americans moved to the North, it had been an escape from slavery before, yet the North was no longer a safe haven, African American faced the same treatment there. They needed someone to stand up for them, they needed a voice in politics, and John F. Kennedy came into the political arena and did just that.
Around 1900 the situation for blacks was dire. They suffered extreme discrimination and were frequently the victims of violence in the South. Blacks could not vote and their career opportunities remained limited. White society excluded blacks from equal participation in many areas of public life; they wanted to keep blacks in a position of economic, political, social and cultural subservience. After the Civil War, the USA offered civil rights and laws privileges to African-Americans.
I do not believe that the Americans of African and European ancestry successfully rebuilt their relationship right after the Civil war. Even though slavery was finally slowly getting abolished, there was still much discrimination against the African Americans. The Jim Crow laws and the black codes discriminated against black people. The Ku Klux Klan in particular discriminated against black people. Even though the United States government tried to put laws into the Constitution to protect black people, the African Americans were discriminated in every aspect of life from housing, working, educating, and even going to public restrooms!