The Dawn Of The Twentieth Century Essay

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The dawn of the twentieth century represented one of the historical low points of the African-American experience. The changes wrought by the Republican Reconstruction of the South had collapsed and faded into memory and the many black Americans who remained there now faced the loss of their hard-won civil rights. As the nineteenth century gave way to the twentieth, southern blacks contended with disfranchisement, segregation, economic repression, and a rise in racial violence and lynching’s.
With the hardening of the color line in the South, northern whites also retreated from their dedication to the principles of racial equality that had brought about the passage of the fourteenth and fifteenth amendments to the Constitution when started to compete for jobs against free Blacks. During this period the U.S. Supreme Court legitimized segregation in Plessy vs. Ferguson 1896, American political leaders abandoned blacks and black civil rights, and racist currents pervaded the even popular culture. the advance of Jim Crow in the New South betokened a "nadir" for African-Americans.
The South
The post-Reconstruction of the south, which witnessed the birth of and rise of the Jim Crow system, marked a time and period when American race relations are thought to have reached their nadir. With southern whites pursuing an effort to reassert hegemony over blacks one every aspect of life, from disfranchisement to school segregation.
By 1915 firmly locked in places throughout the…

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