Essay on History of African Americans in America 1865-1960’s

2986 Words Aug 25th, 2013 12 Pages
History of African Americans in America 1865-1960’s

Georgia Root

HIS204: American History since 1865

Mark D. Bowles

March 18, 2013

History of African Americans in America 1865-1960’s

African Americans in America in history have gone through many hard times trying to just progress out of slavery and obtain freedom and have equal rights. In this paper I will attempt to explain what some of the important events of the time revealed about the role of African Americans in broader American society in, respectively, the 1920s and the late 1960s. I will explain how and why the roles of African Americans in the 1920s differed from their roles in the late 1960s, and explain how events in the 1920s may have contributed to
…show more content…
The Passing of the 15th amendment in 1868 did give black men the right to vote. They were able to vote but were not permitted because they were blocked at the poles with threats of violence and death. The violence and intimidation of the Ku Klux Klan had a lot to do with the blocking of the blacks at the voting polls.
The Ku Klux Klan was a politically and racially motivated group that discouraged and frustrated attempts at racial equality (Bowles 2011). They were against all equality for anyone who supported a Union or was black. They were in control of the Southern states and they ran amuck abusing and murdering anyone they felt would threaten their way of life and the local and state governments sat back and supported their efforts to keep the blacks enslaved at all costs. In and article written by the Harper’s Weekly paper about the atrocities in the South it stated that, “If our political system really be one which forbids he government to protect its own citizens when voting for its officers,and which requires he country to look on passively while mobs controlling various State authorities harry those voters, it will certainly be necessary to reconsider some of our raptures over the infinite superiority of the American to all other possible systems of government” (Harper’s Weekly, April 1, 1871, p 282). The newspapers covered many of the social and political problems of the South because it was the best communication to the