African Americans And The Civil War Essay

823 Words Feb 3rd, 2016 4 Pages
After the Civil War, African Americans were free from slavery but they still faced many harsh realities. The “Address of a convention of Negroes held in Alexandria Virginia” and “Plessy vs. Ferguson [1896]” show how things did not change too much through time. The African Americans in Alexandria, Virginia believed that African Americans would face another form of slavery if the Federal Government did not step in and grant laws that provided them with rights as citizens, civil rights. Thirty-one years later, the Plessy vs. Ferguson case showed that the Federal Government had no interest in granting African Americans civil rights. Supreme Court Justice Harlan believed that the Court decision would not bring the races together socially. African Americans were intent on gaining civil rights. In the “Address of a convention of Negroes held in Alexandria Virginia”, African Americans explained that they had a right to be granted civil rights. They believed that they should have civil rights because they helped the Union fight in the Civil War. They risked their lives to help fight for the cause, and they believed that should have granted them access to gaining civil rights. The African Americans in the Address also claimed that they were friendly to the prisoners of war. They believed that their friendliness to soldiers and support to the war effort should have been more than enough to be able to have civil rights. African Americans stated that they were born in this country;…

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