African Americans In The Post


Jefferson Davis stated in the pre-Civil War years to a Northern audience, “You say you are opposed to the expansion of slavery... Is the slave to be benefited by it? Not at all. It is not humanity that influences you in the position which you now occupy before the country,” (Davis, The Irrepressible Conflict, 447). The Northerners had not freed the slaves for moral issues; the white majority did not have anything but its own economic prosperity on its mind. The African Americans gained their emancipation and new rights through the battling Northern and Southern factions of the United States, not because a majority of the country felt that slavery possessed a ‘moral ...

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two of the three branches of government disconnected themselves with the issue of black civil rights. Following Grant’s unenthusiastic approach to protecting blacks in the South, the executive branch gradually made its position on the issue clear in 1876. (Zinn, 199) When Hayes beat Tilden in the presidential election by promising to end the Reconstruction in the South, it was evident that the White House would no longer support any calls for the protection of blacks. The compromise of 1877 brought Hayes to office, but “doomed the black man to a second class citizenship that was to be his lot for nearly a century afterward,” (Davis, 160). The Radical Republican’s in Congress, who were responsible for freeing the blacks, were also responsible for letting their voices become silenced. This occurred as the other, more industrial, interests of the broad based party dominated their platform; leaving the blacks to face the wrath of the Southerners. A ...

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Klan. The Klan performed acts of extreme violence, targeting blacks and whites, who were considered to be Republicans or sympathetic to the black cause. Their success resulted in violence becoming a successful political tool in the Southern arena. Although the official title was gone, the whites had managed to reassert their status as ‘masters’ to the Southern Blacks through scare tactics and ‘economic policies’.
The Supreme Court between 1873 and 1898 expressed the weakness to resisting racism in all areas of the nation through its successive decisions. The Court prompted discrimination by implying that if blacks wanted legal protection, they would need to ...

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