The History of Unequal Treatment in the United States Essay

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Throughout the years there has been the problem of unequal treatment between the people of the United States. This existed all the way back in 1619 when the slaves arrived in North America. The ships were disease ridden and filthy. It was in 1857 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the slaves had no rights. This was going against the U.S. Constitutions ideals of “all men created equal”. When slave families were sold they often were separated. Back then slaves couldn’t testify against those who treated them with cruelty. They were also not permitted to buy their freedom in most cases. Many whites found the slavery of blacks being legal appalling. Most of them took part in an antislavery campaign that was responsible for the …show more content…
Throughout the years there has been the problem of unequal treatment between the people of the United States. This existed all the way back in 1619 when the slaves arrived in North America. The ships were disease ridden and filthy. It was in 1857 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the slaves had no rights. This was going against the U.S. Constitutions ideals of “all men created equal”. When slave families were sold they often were separated. Back then slaves couldn’t testify against those who treated them with cruelty. They were also not permitted to buy their freedom in most cases. Many whites found the slavery of blacks being legal appalling. Most of them took part in an antislavery campaign that was responsible for the American Civil War’s beginning. When President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation went into action in 1863, slavery in the states that were still loyal to the Union was still occurring. In 1865 the end to slavery finally came when the Thirteenth Amendment was ratified, this lead to 4 million freed-slaves penniless and illiterate. The end of the Civil War and slavery left the South devastated.
In 1865, The Black Codes were made to control the southern blacks and stop them from full participation in legal, social, and political aspects of southern life. The codes in some states allowed blacks to give evidence in court, own land, attend school, and marry. When the Civil Rights Act was passed on April 9th, 1866 the Black Codes were
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