1865 to Present

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African Americans from 1865 to Present

Raenetta Haywood

HIS204: American History Since 1865 (GSN1319G

Instructor: Donnie Burnette

June 7, 2013

African Americans have come a very long way from 1865; they have fought many battles to earn their place in America’s Society. From the ending of slavery African Americans have had various achievements from their suffering. Some fought, some spoke, some marched, some sat, some cried, some died, some even dreamed, but all of these things left a footprint in history. In this paper I will discuss some very important events in African American history beginning with the ending of slavery which has brought us to the America we all enjoy today. The beginning of the end was in 1865 when
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In 1881although slavery had ended and the Reconstruction of the South was under way, many white people at the time still felt that African Americans were subordinates. They passed the “Jim Crow” laws that segregated train cars. The U.S. Supreme Court was inclined to agree with the white-supremacist judgment and in 1883 began striking down the foundation of the Reconstruction, declaring the Civil Rights Act of 1875 unconstitutional. “Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That all persons born in the United States and not subject to any foreign power, excluding Indians not taxed, are hereby declared to be citizens of the United States; and such citizens, of every race and color, without regard to any previous condition of slavery or involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall have the same right, in every State and Territory in the United States, to make and enforce contracts, to sue, be parties, and give evidence, to inherit, purchase, lease, sell, hold, and convey real and personal property, and to full and equal benefit of all laws and proceedings for the security of person and property, as is enjoyed by


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