April 9, 2013
The Nadir Paper
The Nadir was a period after Reconstruction where racial relations were identified at their worst in American History. This period in history is characterized by two varying points of emphasis: That the racial discrimination and violence that occurred during this time can be acknowledged as nothing less than the absolute worst and nothing good occurred from it or that the strife of this difficult time actually gave African Americans the drive to not only face this aggression, but to define themselves as a liberated people. The purpose of this paper is demonstrate that while both of these points are not completely true, they are when combined together using three points of importance. 1) The cruelty of the hate organizations that were born in this era, such as the Ku Klux Klan, did and continues to belittle and harass African Americans. 2) Limits placed upon the African Americans such as “Black Codes” and “Jim Crow Laws” greatly limited them significantly. 3) The growth of African Americans as a result of the destructive acts of violence and discrimination helped establish many individuals reach success both financially and in everyday life.
The Ku Klux Klan (KKK) was terrorist organization founded in Tennessee and is most known for their brutal acts of violence on the African American people and those who supported them (Give Me Liberty p. 549) The Klan supports three instincts that they described as being crucial part of “Americanism.” These are the “loyalty to the white race, to the traditions of America, and to the spirits to Protestantism.”(KKK 1926) The KKK viewed religiously that those whom betray the American culture or race should be considered treason (the crime of betraying one’s country) to the most sacred trust of his father and God. They also believed that the Nordic race must be dominant and above any other race this led to their mistreatment of other people. (KKK 1926)
Black Codes was legislation passed in...
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