Racial Violence During The Civil War And The Emancipation Of The Slaves

1547 Words Oct 1st, 2015 7 Pages
Throughout history, racial violence has been a vital instrument in upholding white supremacy. Oftentimes, torturers use brutal, humiliating tactics to instill a sense of fear and cowardice within the abused. After the civil war and the emancipation of the slaves, the Reconstruction period brought on intense periods of racial violence due to controversial ideas about the authentic meaning of freedom. Controlled by fear, white men utilized violence to maintain their supremacy above African American men in post-Reconstruction South. The fear of African American men dominating in political power provoked white men to prevent “No Negro domination” at the polls as written on page 59 of Lynchings by Ida B. Wells. A tiny ballot that stated one’s opinion became the driving force in exacerbating white men’s terror of equality between them and male African Americans and provoking the Caucasian man to lynch blacks that came near the polls. The effort to stop African American men from voting became the purpose and rallying cry of many violent racial hatred groups such as the Ku Klux Klan and the Regulators (Wells 59). If African American men received political power, then they would alleviate inequality between African Americans and Caucasians. Therefore, white supremacists envisioned the restriction of the black vote as a necessity to ensure their dominance over all African Americans. Additionally, the privilege to vote represented masculinity as women were not permitted vote. After…

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