Similarities Between African Americans And African Americans

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After the Civil War it is assumable that there would finally be peace and equality between White Americans and African Americans, but that was not the case. The southerners still did not accept African Americans as easily as the northerners did. If possible, things in the south were worst than it was before. Although Africans Americans have gotten new rights, the Southerners made sure that they were not able to exercise those rights. Due to African Americans being slaves before, they did not have land or anything to help them live their free life. This is where sharecropping comes in, sharecropping is when a landowner lend their land to other people and in return they get part of the crop productions. A lot of African Americans took this opportunity …show more content…
One of the new rights that they have gotten was the right to vote. This was a new step for African Americans, but as always the Southerners made it hard for them to vote. They would have tests or made up rules just to keep African Americans from voting. Towards the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, things were still not going great for African Americans. Lynching in the South was becoming a major problem. The numbers of African Americans being lynched was reaching a new high. No African Americans were safe from the lynch mobs. Even though all these bad stuff were happening in the South, some people ignored that fact and believe that the South is the greatest place in the world. African Americans were still suffering greatly because of White …show more content…
Straker proved that Grady is wrong by talking about the huge wage gap between African Americans and white Americans. African Americans are being treated unfairly and giving ridiculously low wages due to the color of their skin. Straker is showing that Grady’s New South is nothing but lies. Also Straker provided more examples of how African Americans are being treated unfairly, “A colored man in the South cannot purchase land with the facility of his white brother, not only because of his poor wages as compensation for his services, but because of the general indisposition to sell him land.” White Americans are denying African Americans their rights to own property. It is not about the money, if African Americans want to buy the land, surely they have the money for it. They are being denied because of the color of their skin. This is not the great New South that Grady was talking about. Everything that Grady had stated in his paper was a lie, or they were being stretched too

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