C121 - Survey of US History (Task 3) - 1 Running head TASK 3 \u2013 SURVEY OF UNITED STATES HISTORY Task 3 \u2013 Survey of United States History WGU 2

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1Running head: TASK 3 – SURVEY OF UNITED STATES HISTORYTask 3– Survey of United States HistoryWGU
2TASK 3 – SURVEY OF UNITED STATES HISTORYA. Discuss Three Major Changes in Race Relations that Resulted from ReconstructionFollowing the conclusion of the Civil War, the United States would enter what came to beknown as the Reconstruction era. During this time, a major point of focus was on improving race relations. The signing of the Thirteenth Amendment into law in 1865 abolished involuntary slavery. More than two-thirds of Congress voted in favor of this measure as African Americans rejoiced (Norton, 2015). This was a huge victory for the north and served to validate their part inthe Civil War.With the passing of the Fourteenth Amendment in 1868, the country stated that “all persons born or naturalized in the United States” were officially citizens (Norton, 2015). It also promised that all men were to be given equal protection of the laws. This declaration was a tremendous step forward for African Americans’ civil rights as this was the first time in history that they were considered citizens of the United States. States had the ability to grant blacks the right to vote but it would be another century before it would be signed into a law titled the Reconstruction Act of 1967. In 1868, Ulysses S. Grant became the eighteenth President of the United States. His platform backed blacks right to vote leading to African Americans supporting Grant in heavy numbers at the polls. He would pass the Fifteenth Amendment in 1869 which would restrict states from denying people of color the right to vote based on the color of their skin, race, or previous condition of servitude (Norton, 2015). Unfortunately, this wasn’t a guarantee to vote assouthern states found loopholes due to the wording and generated qualification tests that were constructed to keep blacks from successfully registering to vote.
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