Life for Black People After 1865 Essay

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Life for Black People After 1865

The Civil war finally ended in 1865 but did life really improve for the Blacks there after? In this essay I am going to give evidence for and against to support whether or not life did improve. I will discuss the new organisations that arose such as the Ku Klux Klan and the Freedmen’s Bureau, As well as the blood and gore side of things. Why did they use such terrible methods of murder?

1865: 13th Amendment

Slavery Abolished

1868: 14th Amendment

Black people became US citizens protected by the Law

1870: 15th Amendment

Blacks were allowed to vote

The Freedmen’s Bureau was an organisation set up by the government in 1865. It organised
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Instead of constantly being paid with money the slaves would get given a third of the plantation owner’s crops, but only if enough crops were harvested. This meant that the slaves relied on a good harvest if they wanted to get paid. E.g. If there wasn’t enough rain then the crops wouldn’t grow properly; this would lead to the slaves having no food and without food they would not be able to survive.

Freedom did not seem that different from life before the Civil war for many workers in the south. The only thing different about working on the plantations now was that the slaves didn’t have to make their way home covered in scars and bruised backs.

Many organisations such as these were set up to improve the life of slaves after the Civil war, but when the Ku Klux Klan came along this made everything very different in fact just made things even worse for the Blacks…

The Ku Klux Klan was founded in 1865 and was made up of white extremists who wanted nothing more than to ensure that White people would be totally in control of society at present and in the future. They used methods like Lynching on black people. Lynching means to kill someone by hanging them or violently beating them.

The organisation was banned in 1872 but they didn’t let that stop them. By 1920 it had 5 million members. They would wear white robes with hoods so that members would not be
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