It was December 18, 1865. Slavery was just abolished legally by president Abraham Lincoln. News has gotten out in the South. Ex-slaves are celebrating their freedom.
Thank you, Lord.
Our prayers have been answered.
The South was in ruins after the American Civil War. Cities were destroyed and many people were homeless. To help, Lincoln founded the Freedmen's Bureau, an organization that helped struggling Southerns get back on their feet. It really helped African Americans by providing food and places to stay.
Thank you so much!
While the Freedmen's Bureau was a good cause and helped many African Americans, there were some negative things that impacted African Americans negatively. Those negative things were the Jim Crow Laws. The Jim Crow Laws were social rules and legal rules that limited the rights of African Americans. Many African Americans lived in fear because of them.
The Jim Crow Laws stated that black and white people had to have separate facilities to use. They had to go to different schools, use different bathrooms, different water fountains, different trains, and much more. The laws also stated that whites and blacks couldn't get married or play sports together. If anyone tried to fight against this segregation, they could get lynched, which was being tortured and killed. It was a very difficult time for African Americans.
So, based on what African Americans went through during the time between the Reconstruction to the day African Americans were deemed equal to whites, I say that "freedmen" weren't really free. The Jim Crow Laws were limiting African Americans' rights and extreme segregation was taking place in the United States. Many innocent African American were targeted for something as small as not addressing a white person the correct way. It was no way to live and it definitely wasn't freedom. There had to be change.
This all led to the Civil Rights Movement. African Americans had enough of the segregation taking place in the United States. They wanted to be free and be equal to their white counterparts. People like Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and many others finally toke a stand against this unfair system and fought to bring equal rights to African Americans. Thanks to those activists, black and white people live together as equals.