Race Issues from 1877 to Present

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Corinne Cowan Professor Cox US History 16 December 2011 Race issues from 1877 to present There are five themes that persist throughout American history. The five themes are mission, manifest destiny, industrialization, imperialism, and race. Racism has been an issue throughout American history. Only in recent years has the problem been resolved, but even now there is still some issues. Some private groups are still against some races. Even though slavery was abolished in 1865 by the thirteenth amendment, it declared that "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."[1]…show more content…
He delivered the famous “I Have a Dream” speech in which he expanded American values to include the vision of a color blind society, and established his reputation as one of the greatest orators in American history. He was then assassinated on April 4, 1968 in which is now a holiday to where he will always be remembered for his great deeds in solving equality between the blacks and whites. The Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987 prohibited segregation and discrimination in employment and other areas. The racism issues during this period of time, caused lots of hate and crime. Fortunately during this period of time, slavery had already been abolished but it took many years to completely have equal rights for all races. Organizations have formed for anti-racist and civil rights activism such as the NAACP, National Association of the Advancement of Colored People, and other groups as well. Since America has the right of freedom of speech, groups that are racist are allowed but if they involve any violence they will be prosecuted for their actions. Throughout the years we have had more African Americans running for governor, congress, and even President. In 1989 L. Douglas Wilder became the first black elected governor. Our President now, Barack Obama, is our 44th president and our first African American to hold the office. This shows that times have definitely changed throughout the years. To this day we still have groups such as the Ku Klux
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