African Americans In The Post Essay

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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 urgency’. As the years passed and the…show more content…
(McDuffie, 117) It was sign that Congress, and its northern constituents, had finally lost interest in the cause. As the opportunity for economic advancement increased after the Civil War, the North felt as though it had done its part and both the President and Congress hastily turned their backs on the new, colored American Citizens.      With the protection and support of Northerners lost, the blacks in the South were held hostage by white supremacists. Although the 13th Amendment stated that “neither slavery nor involuntary servitude... shall exist within the United States,'; a new agricultural system, the crop lien, kept the blacks under the control of their (former) ‘masters’. With unfair trade practices and a limited amount of capital being exchanged, the blacks in the South were not free to do as they pleased; once again they were caught in a system that profited the white Southerners. These whites also expressed their extreme racist tendencies through the acts of violence by the Klu Klux 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
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