The Civil war finally ended in 1865 but did life really improve for
the Blacks there after? In this essay I am going to give evidence for
and against to support whether or not life did improve. I will discuss
the new organisations that arose such as the Ku Klux Klan and the
Freedmen’s Bureau, As well as the blood and gore side of things. Why
did they use such terrible methods of murder?
1865: 13th Amendment
1868: 14th Amendment
Black people became US citizens protected by the Law
1870: 15th Amendment
Blacks were allowed to vote
The Freedmen’s Bureau was an organisation set up by the government in
1865. It organised education, health care, orphanages and found work
of a reasonable standard for ex-slaves.
By 1874 schools had increased literacy skills among black people to
20%. Many States took this to their advantage and used it as an excuse
to limit the rights of black people. In other words; if you weren’t
able to read and write then you were not allowed to vote! Despite
this, literacy of whites was never checked; this proved that although
the Freedmen’s Bureau was set up to improve the lifestyle of black
people the racism still continued!
The Freedmen’s Bureau wanted to make States listen, but as soon as the
army left the south every State began to govern themselves, made up
their own rules and took no notice whatsoever of the Freedmen’s
Another organisation that crept its way into the rule book was called
sharecropping. This was the system that southern landowners used to
adjust to the changes brought about when slaves had freedom. Sla...
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...song sung by the slaves.
Blacks were forced to use separate Hotels, Transport and schools and
were treated as second class citizens. In states
where the laws had not changed, violence and intimidation were used to
scare black people away from voting and living free lives!
Some aspects of life did improve for the Blacks like The Freedmen’s
Bureau and Sharecropping organisations but the general lifestyle of
the black people did not improve. They were never once treated equally
to white people, their rights were extremely limited and hundreds of
thousands were brutally murdered! Looking at the Amendments that were
made you would think that life had improved but things following on
from them like the Ku Klux Klan prove the total opposite.
Unfortunately severe Racism still continues today in many parts of the
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