African Americans since 1865
It happens to be common knowledge that throughout history African Americans have been oppressed, segregated, and disregarded as civil human beings. In the dawn of history Africans were regarded as animals and as such they would do the job of animals, however this paper will look at their sacrifices and fights to be treated as equals.
United States Congress. (1866, April 9). Civil Rights Act. Retrieved from http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/exhibits/reconstruction/section4/section4_civrightsact1.html Amendments to the Constitution of the United States (2007)| Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0749825.html#A0749838#ixzz2VD3iU0JEhttp://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0749825.html#A0749838 Abolishment of slavery
The abolishment of slavery brought on a war, not between two countries but a war that divided a country, one that is still spoken of today. The southern or “rebel” states rose against the President of the United States in retaliation of his and many others view that no man woman or child should be a slave. All people were created equal.
Amendments to the Constitution of the United States (2007)| Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0749825.html#A0749838#ixzz2VD3iU0JEhttp://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0749825.html#A0749838 (13th, 14th, and 15th amendments)
Africans in politics
Although four million African American slaves were now free they had codes placed against them, the Black Codes restricted the lives and movement of these people. In order to override the codes the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments were drafted and passed. Not only was slavery abolished but all slaves were now citizens and in such race could no longer be used to prevent the vote of a person. Africans now had a voice on who was elected and soon they had African Americans running for government offices.
Corbould, C. (2009) Becoming African Americans: Black Public Life in Harlem, 1919-1939 Harvard University Press....
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