Union League Essay

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The Union League was a group created for the benefit and advancement of the rights of freedmen. The Union League consisted mainly of African American freedmen, with representative which were either black or white. The Union League is debated on how effective it actually was. The Union League in my opinion was effective in integrating African Americans into the American society, however not effective for its intended purpose which was to protect the rights of equality for freedmen.
The Union League formed when the reconstruction of the United States began, shortly after the Civil War, but ended quickly too. The Union League’s goal was to protect and maintain the rights promised to freedmen in southern states where political battles were formed
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One of the main goals for the Union League was to get African Americans to vote for Republicans which favored the rights of African Americans, and would work to protect their rights. The Union League would organize groups to go into major towns together to cast their ballots for safety from terrorist groups like the KKK, which worked to discourage and stop African Americans from voting. Most encounters the Union League met either from the city’s police force, militia or KKK was peaceful, however violent events did occur where gun fire broke out with lives lost. As the Reconstruction of America progressed into the late 1870’s, Radical Republicans began to lose power, and with that loss, the Union League began to weaken. A quote from the article Continuing the War: White and Black Violence During Reconstruction by Steven Hahn shows the changing tides of control over the states. “The withdrawal of federal troops from the statehouses of South Carolina and …show more content…
An example from the article is “In Harnett County, North Carolina, they formed a procession “with fife and drum and flag and banner” and demanded the return of “any colored children in the county bound to white men.”” (Hahn, pg. 18) The Union League formed stores where corn and other goods could be traded in lieu of currency, to allow former slaves to purchase goods. The Union League formed communities made up of former slaves who worked to support each other, buying land and properties to create jobs for former slaves so they didn’t have to return to former slave owners. The Union League may have lost strength towards the end of the Reconstruction of American, however the resources and education the group created, left an impact that could not be changed by other groups or the American culture at that

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