The Roles Of African Americans In The Civil War

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1. The Civil War was very different from past conflicts. To start, African Americans played a huge role in the Civil War. For the North, African Americans were enlisted in the army and fought alongside other Americans, and for the South, African Americans slaves were “camp servants,” for their masters. The slaves would cook meals, raise tents, and carry supplies for their masters. There is actually a stretch to claim saying that not a single African American ever fired a gun for the Confederacy. Women also had a role in the Civil War. Women impacted the war in many ways: through their violet actions such as leading mobs to protest food shortages, spying on the enemy, and using their organizational skills in hospitals. Women took on key roles …show more content…
Through my eyes, the reconstruction policies were a success. Despite of the negative factors, this was a huge step for our recovering economy, African Americans, and women. To begin, laws known as Black Codes came in existence and granted some rights to African Americans such as: right to own property, to marry or to make contracts. Even though African Americans didn’t just yet have all the same rights as the other Americans, they were still advancing. I was very surprised to find out that Mississippi vagrant law required all freed African Americas to carry papers proving that they were free and had means of employment. If there was no proof, they could be arrested and fined. If they couldn’t pay the fine, the African American would be made a prisoner, which amounted to be somewhat like a slave. Black Codes began to effectively criminalize black leisure, limit their mobility, and lock many into exploitative farming contracts. As reconstruction continued, African Americans began to serve at every level of government. African Americans were now capable of reading the Bible for themselves. Despite the African Americans acquiring new rights they now had altercations with citizens in the South. Plantation owners no longer had free labor from their slaves and began to be upset. Southerners began to fight African Americans. Racial violence came in three major forms: riots against black political authority, interpersonal fights, and organized vigilante groups such as the Ku-Klux Klan. Even though the African Americans were free, they were still treated unfairly. On the other hand, reconstruction for women was interesting. When the soldiers came back home from war, they returned to their normal duties. As they went back to their original roles, they began to redefine their roles within the nation and in their local communities. In 1866, the National Women’s Rights Convention officially merged with the American Antislavery Society to form the American Equal Rights

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