African American´S Limitations From 1865 1900s Essay

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The population of African Americans from 1865 to 1900 had limited social freedom. Social limitations are limitations that relate “…to society and the way people interact with each other,” as defined by the lesson. One example of a social limitation African Americans experienced at the time is the white supremacy terrorist group, the Ku Klux Klan or the KKK. The KKK started as a social club formed by former confederate soldiers, which rapidly became a domestic terrorist organization. The KKK members were white supremacists who’s objective was to ward off African Americans from using their new political power. In an attempts to achieve their objective, Klansmen would burn African American schools, scare and threaten voters, destroy the homes of African Americans and also the homes of whites who supported African American rights. The greatest terror the KKK imposed was that of lynching. Lynching may be defined via the lesson as, “…public hanging for an alleged offense without benefit of trial.” As one can imagine these tactics struck fear into African Americans and the KKK was achieving its goal to a degree. However, in 1870 and 1871 the federal government began to interfere with the Enforcement Acts. The Enforcement Acts gave the federal government the power to oversee the South’s elections. Also, the Enforcement Acts permitted the government to use federal troops against Klansmen violence. The Enforcement Acts led to the arrest and imprisonment of some KKK leaders, often called ‘wizards’. KKK violence dwindled by the end of the decade thanks to the help of the Enforcement Acts. However, white supremacy had reestablished itself in the South due to the KKK’s previous influence.

Political limitations may be defined as limitations that relate, “…to the government or how country, state or local are is run,” according to the lesson. Unsurprisingly, African Americans experienced political limitations along side their social limitations from 1865 to 1900. One example of a political limitation...

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