The Slavery Of African Americans Essay

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The booming and banging of guns, slashing and swooshing of swords, and the crackle and crunch of bones fill the air as the Union and the Confederates fight over slavery. The country is torn and it seems as though there is no end to the abuse of African Americans. It is not until 1864 that the war ends and Congress decides something needs to be done to reunite the nation. A year later the 13th amendment is ratified. To insure the freedom of slaves, section one of the amendment states, “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction” (Morone and Rogan 2014, A-17). The practice of men being used as work horses against their consent is finally over. Slaves are freed from their owners, but that does not mean that they are free from the oppression of a racist society and will continue to be given harsh treatment by Caucasians. After a long, treacherous battle within the United States of America, the Thirteenth Amendment guaranteed African Americans freedom from slavery but it failed to protect them from all cruelties.
The history of the 13th amendment begins with slavery. The country was divided into two very separate areas of belief. The northern part of America, known as the Union, was against slavery and thought it should be abolished while the southern half, the Confederates, believed the exact opposite and practiced…

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