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White Segregation Causes

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The Civil War in America was fought between the Northern states and the Southern states. There were many causes of the civil war. Slavery, states’ rights, and tariffs were among the things that caused this civil war to break out. White Supremacy was also a key factor in the cause of the war. White Supremacy can be described as “all white people are created equally.” All poor whites wanted slavery because the poor whites liked the fact that they were above the slaves in rank. The South wanted to keep slavery because they wanted to have the free labor. (Lecture 8/24) During this war, Abraham Lincoln was serving as president. Lincoln wanted to go easy on the South. He created a 10% plan, which meant that once 10% of the southerners who could vote said the Confederacy was wrong, and that slavery is no more; southern states could rejoin the United States. During this reconstruction, organizations like the Ku Klux Klan formed. This group used violence to antagonize …show more content…

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  • Explains that the civil war in america was fought between the northern states and the southern states. slavery, states’ rights, and tariffs were among the causes of the war.
  • Explains that lincoln wanted to go easy on the south. he created a 10% plan, which meant that once 10% of the southerners who could vote said the confederacy was wrong, southern states could rejoin the united states.
  • Explains that the phrase "separate but not equal" was adopted during the gilded age and created segregation, which legally separated blacks from the whites.
  • Explains that egregious forms of segregation were at the polls, where people were levied a tax and had to take an exam to vote. the "white supremacy" ideal was bolstered.
  • Analyzes how booker t. washington founded the tuskegee institute in 1881, where african americans could get an industrial art degree. du bois was the first african american to earn a degree from harvard.
  • Explains that the chinese exclusive act of 1882 was the first immigration act passed in america. this act was passed to maintain the "racial purity"
  • Explains that white supremacy was still a dominant mindset by the 1920s. blacks feared for their lives, and the chicago race riot was started after white men drowned an african american.

This mindset was pervasive throughout the North and the South. This way of thinking created segregation, which legally separated blacks from the whites. The purpose of segregation was to reinforce white supremacy. Schools, waiting rooms, buses, and movie theaters are just some of the examples of where segregation took place. (Lecture 9/12) One of the most egregious forms of segregation was at the polls. In order for someone to be allowed to vote, they were levied a tax. A tax being placed on polls is another way to keep the African American on the outside. If someone wanted to vote, they must pay a tax. In addition, they also passed a clause that insisted that one must take an exam to be able to vote. Because the system was so fraud the African Americans would always fail because the whites administered the tests. Concerted efforts to deny the African Americans the right to vote bolstered the “white supremacy” ideal. (Lecture

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