setting slaves free like everyone else it was because the south wanted to separate from the north. Slaves were set free after the war and most of them escaped to the north by the underground railroad. Like the Native Americans if caught they were severely punished and sometimes hung. Not until the 1960's did the African Americans get what they deserved true freedom. Treated like the white people. Still there are some people to this day that treat them bad. It took many years for African Americans to get out from under the white man but today is much better than it was. They can vote, eat in the same restaurant and even buy clothes at the same places. The people who still believe in the old ways are pure ignorant and need to move into the next century. Respond
shevondolyn Palme r 23 Dec 09 9:11 PM MST I chose to compare Native Americans & African Americans.When speaking of "Native Americans" we should remember that we're talking about several very different groups, with different traditions, political systems, food, etc. When speaking of African Americans, we can also see that the "African American" is not homogenic group. It consists of many different people, some are descendants of former slaves brought to America, while some came to America in the last few years.However, there are several common features to these two groups, and the first and foremost of them, is the treatment of the European-Americans (or Whites), of these groups, and the attitudes towards them.Their culture was considered a sub- culture, a culture, which is inferior to the "White" culture. Their religion was also considered inferior, and they were considered as they should be christianized. Their political culture, and their ability to manage or to lead, wasunderestimated. Political rights were denied of them until the mid-20th century.Both groups were used as cheap labour/slaves for the whites () Both also belong to the poorest, less-educated, populations in America. See about economic rights and the demand for reparations at - socrates.berkeley.edu/~starkey/reparation.html Both were deemed to live in separate neighborhoods, use separate school system, until college ("Traditional African American Colleges"and "Indian Colleges"). And some say that they share "common blood" (or, that many African slaves and Native Americans had children). Date Modified: 23 Dec 09 9:16 PM MST Respond Edit Heidi Lemire 24 Dec 09 6:18 AM MST I am glad that you pointed out that Native Americans are categorized but yet they are very different groups with varying traditions and day to day practices and often religious beliefs. I think it is important to remember that this is true often times of many groups of people that we stereotype, and yes this is also true of African Americans.
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