Share Cropping Pros And Cons

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Five years after the Civil War, amendments were adopted to fix the major problems in the United States. These problems included: class inequality, discrimination, and slavery. The 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments failed to fix these problems because of share cropping, institutionalized discrimination, and failure to put an end to the violence against Freedmen. The first amendment adopted was the 13th amendment. The 13th amendment abolished slavery in the United States. Though this was a great step towards social equality, the amendment did not ensure wealth or financial benefits for Freedmen. Reconstruction in the United States established share cropping. Share cropping, almost similar to slavery but with pay, was a job in which Freedmen agreed to work the land owned …show more content…
The 14th amendment granted citizenship to all people born or naturalized in the United States, giving Freedmen the right to vote. However, many white Americans against the Freedmen established Black Codes to prevent Freedmen from voting. These black codes consisted of literacy tests, poll taxes, and the grandfather clause. These tests were designed to take away Freedmen’s rights. Since Freedmen were granted education after the war, knowledge was very scarce for them which contributed to the failure to pass the tests to vote. The poll taxes were considerably difficult for Freedmen due to the requirement of employment. These codes are examples of institutionalized discrimination. The amendments didn’t have any effect on changing the racism in the country. In addition, by reconstructing the United States, Freedmen were without protection against the KKK, a white supremacy group in the South. The KKK was responsible for many murders of African Americans. The group desired to prevent black and white Republicans from voting. Not only did the 14th amendment do little to ensure Africans could vote without any problems, but violence erupted because of

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