American Black History by Walter Hazen

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White, an African-American congressman from North Carolina, introduced the first bill to make lynching a federal offense. It resulted in little action being taken, however. As a result, her office was demolished and she was driven from the city. Undaunted, she went to Chicago and became active in the National Equal Rights League. Her contention from the start was that the lynchings of blacks had nothing to do with “protecting the virtues of southern white women” but was solely intended to keep blacks away from the ballot box and preserve the “plantation-like” mentality that at the time characterized so many people in the South.

B) They had won the right to vote and hold political office. (c) They were no better off than they had been before the war. 7. The only southern state that had ratified the Fourteenth Amendment at the beginning of the Reconstruction era was (a) Virginia. (b) Tennessee. (c) Alabama. 8. Northerners who went south after the Civil War either to help freed blacks or to attain profit and/or power were called (a) scalawags. (b) carpetbaggers. (c) bluebellies. 9. Carpetbag governments in the South ended when (a) black voters turned them out.

Summarize the provisions of the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments. 2. What measures did southern states take to deprive freed blacks of their rights? 3. How do you reconcile the fervent commitment of the North to the abolition of slavery with its seeming postwar apathy toward blacks? As mentioned above, laws were more strict in the states of the Deep South. In general, these laws made it illegal for blacks to speak disrespectfully to whites or to speak out of turn in any conversation.

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