Essay about Give Me Liberty ! By Eric Foner

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The Different Phases of Discrimination

African-Americans during Reconstruction and American Indians in the Gilded Age share similar and differences during its history. In the book titled, Give Me Liberty!, by Eric Foner, talks about the history of African-Americans during Reconstruction and how states ratified the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendment and permit freedmen to vote. Forner also talks about the history of American Indians during the Gilded Age and how their experiences signified the dangers of mass cultural incorporation. Both events share similar and different histories such as both events include General Howard and his contribution, the impact the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendment generated, the comparison and contrast regarding slavery and the definition of freedom regarding African-Americans and American-Indians.

African-Americans lived a life with no freedom for many years until 1863. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln announced his Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, in which he announced that all slaves in states in disobedience to the Union can always be free. A couple of years after, on January 16, 1865, Union general William T. Sherman delivered his Special Field Order 15. General Sherman 's Order 15 put aside the Sea Islands and an extensive territory along the South Carolina and Georgia coasts for the compensation of African-American families on forty-acre sections of land. He additionally offered them dilapidated mules that the armed…

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