After the Civil War conditions were bad for both Southern blacks and Southern whites. There were 4

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After the Civil War conditions were bad for both Southern blacks and Southern whites. There were 4 million black men and women emerging from bondage. They began forming all black communities, freeing themselves from white control. But in 1865, Southern state legislatures began enacting sets of laws called Black Codes. These laws authorized local officials to apprehend unemployed blacks, fine them for vagrancy and hire them out to private employers to satisfy their fine. Some codes allowed blacks to only take jobs as plantation workers or servants. The South found a way to go back to slavery without breaking the new laws. In 1866, Congress passed the first Civil Rights Act, which declared blacks as citizens of the United States which…show more content…
Even though blacks were working, most of them still remained in poverty. They worked shorter days and women and children were less likely to work like they did in the past as slaves. Black families were struggling to rebuild family structures. Many traveled through the south searching for lost relatives. Many black women worked for wages as domestic servants to make the extra money their family needed to live. Blacks weren’t still completely free. They were doing jobs they had done before, but now they were receiving compensation in ways for their services. White supremacy groups posed a major threat on the blacks free way of life. The Klu Klux Klan, which began in 1865 in Tennessee, murdered many blacks whose only crime was the desire to vote. The Klan would inflict vengeance on colored citizens by breaking into their homes in the dead of night, dragging them out of their beds, torture them in inhuman ways and most instances murder them mainly for their political affiliations. Each member of the Klan must furnish himself with a pistol, gown, and a signal instrument which was part of the Klan’s constitution and bylaws each member abided by. Blacks may have been told that they were receiving their freedom after the Civil War, but in all reality they had just as many, if not even more obstacles to face as when they were slaves. They had to deal with issues that had never
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