African Americans Status In 1890 Essay

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African Americans Status In 1890

African Americans Status In 1890

There were many problems that African Americans faced in the 1890's some of which still
exist in today's society. African Americans have come a long way and earned many rights
but still live with the hardships that they had in the 1890's. The status of African
Americans at this time in United States history was not good. Blacks had a very hard time
living especially in the south.

The problems that blacks dealt with were primarily found in the south where they were not
accepted. Segregation became huge across the entire south after the Supreme Court ruled
that "Separate but equal" was legal in the Plessy v. Ferguson case. Everything was
separate but it was almost never equal. Whites always had things better than African
Americans did. Blacks could not ride in the same train cars as whites. The national
government gave blacks the right to vote but southern state governments took away that
right through the use of poll taxes and literacy tests. A big problem that blacks faced
was trying to stay alive. Many blacks were killed for no reason during this period of
time. Jim Crow laws were set up to keep blacks from enjoying the same rights and
privileges that whites enjoyed everyday. The Ku Klux Klan was set up by whites who had
hatred for blacks. Blacks in the south feared for their lives and their families' lives
everyday. It was certain that African Americans would be confronted by racism each and
everyday in the south.
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