Professor Neal Barrett
U.S. History II
November 12 2014
Mistreated Native Americans and African American
Native American and African American cultures each have had their own long rich histories from before the white majority arrived in America. But both of their cultures were entirely or practically destroyed from the US government its self through several act. This paper will contain a comparison and contrasts of acts passed onto these cultures. On February 8, 1887, the Dawes Allotment Act was signed into law by President Grover Cleveland. The Dawes Act gave the President of the United States to take American Indian tribal land and divide it into allotments for individual Indians. Those who accepted allotments and lived separately from the tribe would be granted United States citizenship. Obviously their main goal with this was to open up more land and to destroy the Native Americans social culture. Also the Dawes act had a focus on trying to turn this Native Americans into farmers. In comparison when the 13th amendment was passed. Freed African Americans in the South needed to find a way to earn a living but had no knowledge or money to do anything so they were economically dependent on the white man. Both whites and African Americans turned toward sharecropping as an alternative to rural wage labor. I look at it as the US government and citizens weren’t sure what to do with either Africans Americans or Native Americans so they tried both times to turn them into farmers. In 1865 after the civil war Black Codes also known as Jim Crow Laws were laws passed by southern states. Black Codes restricted African Americans right to own property, conduct business, buy and lease land, and even move freely through public spaces. Along with the Black Codes the Grandfather Clause was passed to prevent African Americans from voting. The clause stated if your father or grandfather were eligible or had voted then you are too. This prevent African...
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