Reconstruction and Race Relations
1865, slavery was Abolished from the from the Thirteenth Amendment that was approved
In January, Congress created The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned land also known as The Freedmen’s Bureau in March, this bureau was created to assist Southern blacks and whites in the transition from society based slavery to freedom from the south for one year.
The resone for this was that Southern whites wanted to continue their way of life without interference of the northern government; they wanted the blacks to be binded to the plantations. In this time of 1865 a lot of important History Events took place The Assassination of President ...view middle of the document...
Although the White powerhouse in the south were very convincing to the blacks not to vote among some of which they didn’t want the black
Freedmen to do but they were not able to control all, lots of the blacks knew that voting, owning land getting married was their Right now, and the some that were able to do so didn’t it proudly. Let’s take a look at one man that was born a son of a free woman, Oscar James Dunn born in New Orleans, Louisiana 1827 (http://forgetmeknotsinc.com/Oscar%20James%20Dunn2.htm Editor/Publisher Norman Raymond Smith). Oscar did a lot of good in his younger days, but I want to jump to 1863
This after the Reconstruction began, Oscar wanted to apart of the Republican party and he did and was elected to Central Committee, in 1865 he work to get all the Louisiana Blacks to vote, in the south it was very hostile about blacks doing anything let alone vote but Oscar Encouraged to exercise that right to overcome that operation. It was men like Oscar the White powerhouse were scared of, it wasn’t so much that they would loss there free labor, yeah it was free, but it was more of the worry of blacks rising up, taking there jobs, voting there man out and there in, it was them buying land and working beside them, I believe Oscar knew that. When the Freedmen’s Bureau started in Louisiana, Oscar became one of the investigating agents, What better job was there to have at that point of time?, A black man being empowered by the Government to protect the rights of your freed brother and sister. He also held the position of secretary of the Advisory Committee of the Freedmen's saving and Trust Company, that wasn’t the only business he was a part of one of the biggest. So to be a freedman in this time and to see not just Oscar but others like him had to be a eye opener, and then to this young man become the first black man nominated (after Francis Dumas also a black man lost by 2 on the second ballot and he declined ) for the office of Lieutenant Governor. It was said that he was a “strong and powerful leader”,
He was always honest and insightful the way they did things the government earned him lots of praise and respect but all of the started giving him problems with the governor and members of his party where jealous, where there is light there is dark and before his first term expired Oscar J. Dunn died, his death is still a mystery some have strong beliefs that he was poisoned. Though the years blacks pushed and pushed their way into the government they had a hard fight, they would get a little then the whites would find some way to push them out or even kill them if they had too, you would think it would make you think twice be for trying it again but they would come back but stronger more organized with more numbers than before. While blacks gained ground on their freedom they were barley feeling equality. Many blacks struggled with poverty, illiteracy, Jim Crow Laws and unemployment manly in the South as Reconstruction came to...