Crystal Baez j key - Crystal Baez Professor Key African American History 124-1101 30 March 2016 Slavery throughout its entire existence in the United

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Crystal Baez Professor Key African American History 124-1101 30 March 2016 “Slavery, throughout its entire existence in the United States is none other than a most barbarous, unprovoked, and unjustifiable War of one portion of its citizens upon another portion.” This statement is a quote from John Brown, a prominent abolitionist who was determined to subdue the act of slavery during its time period. Throughout the 1800s John Brown and close ally Fredrick Douglass fought the mental and physical oppression of slavery. Although John was white, he strongly believed in the freedom of colored people and did everything in his power to help them gain it. In 1857 John warned Fredrick Douglass and Harriet Tubman about the future of their freedom. He said that if they continue to let the terms of their freedom be dictated by the dominant race, the eradication of slavery would not exist; Thus leaving the containment of their rights in the white man's control for years and years to come. Brown's speculation was very legitimate. Examples from the Reconstruction Era, peonage, the reversal of the 14th and 15th Amendments, the Jim Crow Laws, and the Civil Rights Movement help prove why John was indeed correct. The Reconstruction Era began immediately after the Civil War, which gave about four million slaves their freedom. Although slaves were freed, African Americans still struggled for many years. The Reconstruction Era was more of a political battle then a combat driven battle like the Civil war. This particular era was a very revolutionary time period as blacks began to gain voice in government and politics for the first time. Blacks weren’t entirely “free”, as rules
and regulations were sought out to limit what they can consider freedom. Black codes, established in 1865, restricted African Americans forcing them to work in a labor economy that included low wages and debt. This was an effective way to still keep African Americans imprisoned even after giving them freedom. To reestablish white authority in the south, white

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