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Final Essay May 5 2011 10478 Piedmont Dr. Brighton MI, 48114 Jewell Debnam
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After the reconstruction Americans sought several ways in which to change and improve mainstream society. Although there were numerous groups that participated in redefining American life, the fight for rights for African Americans, and women play a huge role in the way the American government runs today. It is also important to note that America may not be as civilized as it is today without the help of Christians. Throughout the years, many groups have come together to alter mainstream society in order to create a more equal and civilized America. These groups’ efforts combined created a society that Americans can be proud of. The issue of African American’s rights began to receive attention during Plessy V. Ferguson in 1896. On June 10 th 1890 the Louisiana state legislature passed a law stating that all railway companies that carried passengers in their coaches had to provide equal but separate accommodations for white and black people. No one would be allowed to occupy seats in coaches, other than the seats that were assigned to them, depending on their race. On June 7 th , 1892, Plessy boarded a train in Louisiana, and refused to sit in the section which was designated for African Americans; he was put in jail. Plessy tried to argue his case using the 14 th amendment, but the 14th amendment was not intended to support integration of the two races upon terms unsatisfactory to either race. The opposition also argued that it did not imply the inferiority of either race to the other. It was evident at this time period that law was unable to promote social change. The only way the two races would obtain social equality was through a mutual appreciation of the other’s race. Although Plessy’s argument did not hold up in court, it was a step for African Americans to fight for their rights. In 1900, Ida B. Wells also felt that the rights of African Americans were constantly being taken away. In Lynch Law in America , she wrote “Our country’s
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national crime is lynching… It represents the cool, calculation deliberation of an intelligent people who openly avow that there is an unwritten law that justifies them in putting to death without complaint under oath, without trial by jury, without opportunity to make defense without right of appeal” (Wells, Lynch Law In America, p. 138). By taking away a man’s right to a jury, defense and right of an appeal, the court took away an important right, which could have saved many lives. Wells demonstrates the anger that many African Americans felt due to their restricted rights, and the feeling of inferiority at a time when everyone was supposed to be considered equal. The number of supporters for African Americans rights began to grow, and slowly, together, African Americans started the beginning of a new era, an era filled with opportunities and equal rights. After losing trials, and being discriminated against numerous times, African
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This note was uploaded on 01/31/2012 for the course HST 320 taught by Professor Rosentrater during the Spring '11 term at Michigan State University.

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