Expansion Of Equality In America Essay

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Expansion of Equality in America Ever since America was born, the white male has always prominently been the primary holder of power. Just one hundred years ago, America was in an extreme state of inequality. Women had no legal right to vote until the 19th amendment was passed in 1920, and Native Americans weren’t even considered citizens until 1924. African Americans were given the right to vote in 1870 when the 15th amendment was passed, granting citizens the right to vote regardless of race, yet laws were still placed to prevent African Americans from voting using literacy tests and voting taxes. In present day 2016, we all look back at those years in America in disbelief, wondering why we were such a divided country. Since the Civil …show more content…
The racist government officials who still had state power over the southern states after the Civil War, did not want to allow blacks to live normal lives as whites did, and did so by enforcing these laws. The Northern states, however, went as far as to ban Jim Crow laws in states such as Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Blacks were freed from slavery, given citizenship, and the right to vote. Something was missing, however. They were given these legal rights that allowed them to be free, yet the whites always seemed to have the better privileges. Even small things, better bathrooms, water fountains, waiting rooms, even theaters. Sure blacks were free, but how were they supposed to live normal lives under these conditions? These laws made it extremely difficult, almost impossible, for a black man to achieve government power. Jim Crow laws were in place all the way up until the 1950’s, when the civil rights movement took place in America, which brought a new wave of racial equality. The civil rights movement was lead by some of the most famous people in American history such as Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Rosa Parks. The civil rights movement started in 1954 and lasted …show more content…
One of which is women 's equality throughout America. White women have been treated much, much better than discriminated races throughout the history of America, however, women of non-white descent arguably had the most difficult time living normal lives. Prior to 1920 and the 19th amendment, women didn’t even possess the right to vote. Subsequent to the Civil War, many women took a charge for equality for men and women. Some of these women include Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Lucy Stone. Organizations were created a few years after the Civil War to help support women’s suffrage, the National Woman Suffrage Association, and the similarly named, American Woman Suffrage Association. These two organizations “rivaled” in some aspects, but in the long run, ended up merging in 1890, creating the National American Woman Suffrage Association, or NAWSA. This organization held campaigns across America in various states, pushing for the constitutional right for women to vote. Other than voting, women in America have experienced inequality in the work force. Women mostly had jobs such as school teachers, or making clothing articles such as dresses and hats. Women had little job opportunities, and it was very difficult for women to climb their way to government power. The difference in wages were a problem as well, which is still considered a problem to this

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