Antebellum Transformation

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The transformation of the antebellum south to a culturally diverse community occurred before I was born in 1995. I can’t imagine a society that needs to be told a statement like Martin Luther King Jr. said in 1963, “I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.” The Civil Rights era should have been seen as a new beginning as a society with an opportunity for hope and prosperity, but in reality, we are creatures of habit and turbulent times often arise when a paradigm shift occurs.
This shift was evident as the Federal Government usurped more power from the
States, black people moved into the middle
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Determined to remain rooted in their history, the south chose to remain predominantly an agricultural centered community. Economic prosperity was low while illiteracy and mortality was highest in the nation. Against the desire of many of its citizens large corporations and leadership, with the support of the federal government pushed the Antebellum South to become more in line with the rest of the country. Core elements of “southern way of life” were at risk of changing as life altering decisions were made by the courts on school integration, legislative reapportionment and voting rights forced revision to everyday life. As black people migrated into the middle class the south began to show signs of converting from a rural agricultural region to an urban industrial society. After centuries of slavery followed by decades of legal segregation , many white southerners followed the new laws disallowing segregation, but ingrained beliefs about race were still evident in their behavior. Others vehemently fought against the changes, while blacks along with many white people fought on behalf of equality for …show more content…
As African Americans voiced their discontent and demanded dignity two distinct styles were followed to attain the goal of enjoying the right of equality. Some personalities gravitated towards the nonviolent methods encouraged by participating in boycotts, marches and sit ins lead by Dr. Martin Luther King
Jr. Dr. King always stood his ground but never used violence as a way to be heard. On the other side of the coin were those who followed Malcolm X, following his
Muslim principles his followers were taught to attain a desired goal “By Any
Means Necessary”. Seen as a counterpart to the prejudiced faction of the southern white community Malcolm X felt that integration would destroy the black and the white man. He felt that American blacks should be more concerned with helping each other.
Black leaders helped to teach their constituents to follow their beliefs stand for their personal rights. The image of the stereotypical docile African
American was changed into people who had strength and dignity. Though it seems like some people still preach about racial inequality today the South I live in and experience today is a more accepting and tolerant

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