How Did Frederick Douglass Support The Civil Rights Movement

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Voting Crisis 1 ~ Black Codes, Freedmen’s Bureau, Civil Rights Act, 14th Amendment During this period of American History, carpetbaggers were known for being extreme political opportunists, and during the Reconstruction Era they were avid supporters of the abolition movement. Thus, going into the first crisis, we had an outline in mind for where our votes would be cast. Our goal was to support leaders who were in favor of the Freedmen’s Bureau, along with the other abolitionist legislation, and those who opposed the black codes, which restricted the rights of free blacks. Andrew Johnson: We voted against Andrew Johnson. Though he held much political power, we felt that his view would lead to complications later in his service, along with …show more content…
Douglass claims that the Black Codes are merely a way for former slaveholders to exert power over former slaves and they must be nullified. Moreover, Douglass supports the Freedmen’s, which has a goal of helping newly freed slaves transition into the general population and the work force. Further, Douglass was appointed the President of the Freedmen’s Bank. Lastly, Douglass wishes for equal opportunity and treatment of all citizens. We voted in favor of Douglass because his abolitionist and anti state’s rights views corresponded with our …show more content…
Grant: We voted in support of Ulysses S. Grant because his views were extremely similar to our own, and his proactiveness was reassuring. Grant voiced great concern regarding the Black Codes and was in support of the legislation that gave more rights to freed slaves. Additionally, he claimed that the Freedmen’s Bureau was extremely helpful in the transition for former slaves, along with displaced Southerners. Furthermore, he explained that the 14th amendment was the most logical next step for our nation, in order to correct the mistakes of the past and look forward to a progressive future. Thus, we voted for Grant due to his reassuring ability to take action and his views that corresponded with our own. Lyman Trumbull: We voted for Lyman Trumbull, who may have been the most avid leader on the topic of civil rights. In addition, Trumbull also opposed the Black Codes and was in favor of passing legislation that expanded the rights of recently freed slaves. Lastly, Trumbull was also highly in favor of the Freedmen’s Bureau and advocated for increasing the Bureau’s funding so that it could be even more effective in changing the lives of American citizens. Thus, we voted for Trumbull because of his extreme advocacy regarding the rights of Freed Slaves, along with his negative view of the Black

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