World War I, The Great Depression And Its Aftermath

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When considering time between 1865 and 1945, United States history evolved and differed from period to period. It began with times of slavery and reconstruction, and proceeded with transformation in the Gilded Age. This then led to the Progressive Era, World War I, the Great Depression and its aftermath, as well as World War II. As one can see, history seems to fluctuate from times of peace and order to times of chaos and turmoil. A process of trial and error explains both how and why the U.S. changed the way it did. In other words, these periods and events reveal that history in itself is a recurring process of learning from past mistakes. In 1865, the United States had increasing conflict about the idea of freedom. What did it mean to be free? Who was allowed to be free? Did freedom mean equality? These questions came into play regarding African Americans and their status as newly freedmen. It was even stated by Soloman G. Brown in his song “Dear Friends, What’s Aroused You?” that there was “no justice for black men, not even what’s fair”. This led to a period of reconstruction in the South, which was hopeful in giving equal opportunities to those emancipated. One of the first steps taken was the Civil Rights Bill, which “defined all persons born in the United States as citizens and spelled out rights they were to enjoy without regard to race,” (Foner 457). This period came to an end through continuous efforts, amendments, acts, and groups, such as the Redeemers, which…

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