Domestic Problems Of African Americans

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Living in the Southern parts of the United States since the end of the Civil War was not easy for people of color especially African-Americans. Because of a great deal of economic uncertainty, it was gravely difficult to attain financial security as well as be treated as an equal instead of a piece a property which had been the case for over three hundred years. Nearly one-fourth of all white Southerners owned slaves, and upon the backs of these slaves, the economic basis of America and much of the Atlantic world was constructed. In the several cotton states, one-third of all white income was derived from slavery. By the end of the Civil War and the abolishment of slavery, White Americans began isolating the ex-slaves. The nightmare of segregation and the seemingly permanent social and economic exclusion of African-Americans became the ugly underside of the dream of a speedy and complete sectional reconciliation which remained for nearly a century. This paper discusses various domestic problems African Americans faced during those dark times.

Segregation in the South
According to Merriam-Webster the word “segregation” was first known to be used in 1555. It is defined as the separation or isolation of a race, class, or ethnic group by enforcing or voluntary residence in a restricted area, by barriers to social intercourse, by separate educational facilities, or by other discriminatory means.
The United States underwent vast…
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