Inequality In The South

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Abraham Lincoln once explained that “the assertion that all men are created equal was of no practical use in effecting our separation from Great Britain and it was placed in the Declaration not for that, but for future use”. However, even though the notion of equality laid the groundwork of our nation’s principles, African Americans have struggled against inequality for several centuries in the United States. Although the Emancipation Proclamation declared their freedom from slavery in 1863, blacks continued to face different forms of racial discrimination in the following years. In the South, harsh oppressive laws prohibited these individuals from attaining equal opportunities. In hope for equality, a large number of African Americans chose …show more content…
As many blacks continued to take jobs in industrial factories, they experienced the harsh conditions associated with dangerous machinery. Many of these machines emitted toxic fumes that accumulated within the factory due to lack of ventilation. These technologies also generated massive amounts of heat which resulted in an oppressive working environment. Furthermore, labor within these factories was extensive, tiresome, and repetitive. The average worker was assigned to a single duty that was to be repeated throughout the entire day. In some cases, work lasted up to eighteen hours a day with no breaks, extra pay, or accommodations. Due to this lack of safety, workers had an increased chance of developing life-threatening illnesses. Unfortunately, fatal injuries were also common within the workplace. In 1913 alone, it was reported that 23,000 workers had died in industrial factories due to the absence of safety regulations. Many of these deaths occurred in the factories that contained a large amount of African American laborers. In addition, blacks still continued to face issues involved with low-wages in these industrial firms. The average employee made about six dollars a week. This equates to less than one dollar per day. Although this pay was higher than agricultural jobs in the South, it was not nearly enough to support one’s family. Overall, even though African Americans expected better labor opportunities in northern states, they continued to experience oppression in northern factories. In many cases, blacks were paid less than minimum wage and were unable to escape economic discrimination in the United

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