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Historical Race Report

987 words - 4 pages

The African American experience in America has been a treacherous journey.

In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, a small number of blacks earned their freedom, acquired property, and obtained access to American civilization. Most slaves migrated or attempted to migrate North where slavery was less of a way of life. In the early 1800s, many whites and blacks called for an abolishment of slavery. That sparked the creation of the Civil War. Many African Americans from the North volunteered to fight for the Union. Although, some were unable to volunteer, they helped by being spies and guides on Confederate territory. Once African Americans defeated the Confederacy, they ...view middle of the document...

The Black Code allowed the arrest of blacks that were unemployed and made it hard for them to find employment to obtain licenses for skilled work. could not drink from the same water fountains, or visit the same movie theatres as whites (Eric Foner, Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877, 1988 Theodore Wilson, The Black Codes of the South, 1965).

In 1905, at the climax of prejudice, discrimination, and violence against African Americans, black leaders met at Niagara Falls referred to as the Niagara Movement and called upon a revolution. Establishments like the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) helped African Americans achieve equal rights. Sit-ins were a method used to motivate the Civil Rights Movement and desegregate public facilities. The sit-in tactic helped harmonize other facilities as well and demonstrated that nonviolent straightforward actions by the masses could be successful in bringing the attention of the national media. Black and white college students formed the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1960 to sponsor protest marches, boycotts, sit-ins, and other antagonistic actions against the extreme Jim Crow laws and policies.

Restless to take a more militant approach, blacks formed organizations like Black Muslims and Black Panthers. Their aim was to fight back in a violent manner to revolt against the federal government. After the imprisonments and deaths of many members of these organizations, they began taking a more peaceful approach. In 1955 neighborhood NAACP secretary, Rosa Parks was arrested in Montgomery, Alabama for refusing to give up her seat on a city bus to a white man. This was the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement, a struggle for African Americans from the mid-1950s to 1960. It was a movement initiated to attain civil rights equivalent to those of whites, including equal opportunity in employment, housing, and education, as well as the right...

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