How free were African Americans?

Presented by Skyler Pelletier

Following reconstruction, African Americans were no longer slaves, they were free, but not equal to whites.

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Politics

During the time of reconstruction, African Americans were in the main talks of politics. "The condition of the colored race of the south has been for at least forty years, the leading question in politics." African Americans are now starting to rise to the occasion.

The Transition

African Americans are now progressing and rise to be more of an equal. " Our greatest danger is that in the great leap from slavery to freedom, we may overlook the fact that the masses of us are to live by the productions of our hands and fail to keep in mind we shall prosper." African Americans are learning to make the transition from slave to free man.

White Supremacists Gain Power

White Supremacists regain political power in the south after reconstruction. They start to cause terror towards African Americans. During all of this, "Negro voters in Georgia, and the undiscovered millions in other southern states...with proper organization and leadership meet force with force with beneficial results." Also, politics plays a big role here.
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Citations

Ayers, Edward L. "Reconstruction." www.gilderlehrman.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Oct. 2014.


Chamberlain, D. H. "The North American Review Volume 0128 Issue 267 (February 1879)." The North American Review Volume 0128 Issue 267 (February 1879). N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Oct. 2014.


Bruce, John E. "John E. Bruce: African American Plea for Organized Resistance to White Men (1889)." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 06 Oct. 2014.


"Booker T. Washington: The Road to African American Progress (1895)."Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 13 Oct. 2014.


"KU KLUX KLAN (KKK) MEETING, SOUTH CAROLINA, 1951.© HEIRS OF W. EUGENE SMITH." Lines Precepts. N.p., 6 Mar. 2014. Web. 16 Oct. 2014.