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The Other Side Of The Enmancipation Proclamation

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Current modernists attempted progress from the terrible prejudice toward African Americans, however traditionalists prevented the new movement of equality for blacks. Many people are influenced by previous experiences and expect situations to continue on endlessly without change, similarly F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, “ So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past”( Fitzgerald). In deeper meaning this quote means that as humans we are constantly trying to relive what has already happened, and if we try a little harder or run a little faster events might have had a different outcome. I believe this a major point of differentiation between modernists and traditionalists in the south. Throughout history wealth was defined by the amount of slaves one owned, the more slaves you had the richer you were. However, during the 1860s during the presidency of Lincoln, slavery was abolished and times changed in the united states. The proclamation declared "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free.”(Emancipation Proclamation, January 1, 1863; Presidential Proclamations, 1791-1991; Record Group 11; General Records of the United States Government; National Archives.) Plantation farmers in the south were infuriated by the new law and seceded from the united states and made a confederacy, which brought about the civil war. Despite inclusive wording, the Emancipation Proclamation was limited in many ways. It applied only to states that had seceded from the Union. After years of fighting the North won and reconstruction began. Reconstruction was a difficult task and wasn't taken lightly, for after the defeat the south had much resentment and hostility toward the north and even more so towards African Americans that had been given freedom, voting rights, and protection due to the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments. Despite the government’s best efforts to abolish slavery in the government it didn't change folks hostility toward African Americans.
Houston Hartsfield Holloway, wrote, "For we colored people did not know how to be free and the white people did not know how to have a free colored person about them.” Efforts of progress continued to fail due to extreme hostility, hatred, and belligerent actions of inequality.

Southern americans showed extreme contempt for African Americans even after the end of the civil war. They believed that blacks were uncivilized and unworthy of american citizenship and voting rights. This distain for blacks became a learned behavior and continued into the 20th century. Beginning as early as 1865 a group of called the Ku Klux Klan sought out african americans and killed and tortured them in horrible ways. By 1870, the Ku Klux Klan had branches in nearly every southern state, the groups main object being an underground campaign of violence against Republican leaders and voters in an effort to change the laws of Radical Reconstruction and restore...

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