Essay about African Americans in the Civil War

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Throughout the duration of the Civil War in 1861 to the 1920s, African Americans made significant strides toward their advancement in America and toward equity with whites. After having being subjected to white governance and enslaved for so long, their dependence generated a sense of unfamiliarity with their newly acquired emancipation. This uncertainty sparked many debates regarding the most effectual way to go about receiving their “inalienable” rights as human beings, not merely substandard Negros as they were perceived to be. However, some thought that the most effective approach would be to acquiesce to the subservient status upheld by whites in order to earn their respect until equity permeated. Others were more combative in their …show more content…
Moreover, the subsequent time period following the war was deemed the period of Reconstruction, a time of mending a restoration after the detriment of war. However, it was during that time that southern whites attempted to regress back to enslavement by perpetuating their preeminence over blacks and instituting restraints on the rights of the freshly freedmen. Such measures as the Black Codes and the KKK were implemented within the South to regulate the actions of African Americans as though they were in slavery but without the security of safety that comes with being considered property. Though chattel slavery had been abolished, the abruptness of its termination left several pertinent issues unresolved in relation to the status of African Americans. The terms of the war only required the southern states to remove the succession clause from their state constitutions. However, in spite of its connotation of brutality, the period of Reconstruction was also beneficial in some repute as it established public education for both blacks and whites. Although their predicament didn’t improve much, gradually there was a transformation in the manner in which African Americans regarded themselves. This self-realization is what
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