African American History

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How have African-Americans worked to end segregation, discrimination, and isolation to attain equality and civil rights?

African American history


After the nineteenth century, it became clear that social tensions were characteristic of the societies abound, with the terms being of rich versus poor, same as it had been for a long time, and native-born versus immigrant, working class versus capitalist. After the reconstruction, the tensions between blacks and white would only escalate further, with such blatant segregations turning up in cities that it was hard to ignore.

The African Americans located in the north of America were to contribute to the American revolution, but of course, the revolution would not acknowledge the populace as only 1 percent were at the forefront. Ever since the beginning, discrimination and prejudice occurring on the basis of skin color had been practiced, and there was a superiority complex among the whites, especially the capitalist elite who would actively work towards intimidating the black folk around them, ensuring they would only be given lowly employment and next to no rights. The situation only deteriorated since any questioning upon the state claimed that no African Americans would be allowed the right to vote by law. In 1821, the laws would famously state that a Black individual may only vote if they owned a property, and since poverty was rampant in those times that would be next to impossible. In this paper, I will analyze the brave manner in which African Americans worked towards ending segregation, discrimination and isolation and went on to achieve their civil rights.


Laws that were passed by the New York convention stated that African Americans did not have the right to vote, and being financially unstable in the first place, it became harder and harder for them to carve a respectable place in society, especially since education was not as widely available to them as well, with even schools being segregated. Employment for African Americans were menial since the skills required could not be learnt by them, but besides that even those with the skills could not garner a respectable and appropriate pay. Job applications filled out by African Americans were rejected on principle, and upon questioning they would get beaten up by the authorities. Close to 95 percent of the African American population could not get proper jobs, not even those that could qualify as blue collar since labor was not to be trusted with them. One particular reason the African Americans had to fight against discrimination through education especially was because the white population thought them to be unintelligent and incapable of working better jobs, the imperialist thinkers had not yet let go of their colonial thinking, and after years of enduring The Great Depression, the African Americans were once again facing deep crisis. Stereotyping aside, legislation of the time would go beyond their means to segregate the blacks from the whites, allowing for ridiculous bills to pass, such as separate restaurants, rest rooms, public enclosures and so ...
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