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Did life Improve for Black people after 1865? The Civil war finally ended in 1865 but did life really improve

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  • Submitted: 16/01/2006
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GCSE USA 1941-80

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Did life Improve for Black people after 1865?

The Civil war finally ended in 1865 but did life really improve for the Blacks there after? In this essay I am going to give evidence for and against to support whether or not life did improve. I will discuss the new organisations that arose such as the Ku Klux Klan and the Freedmen's Bureau, As well as the blood and gore side of things. Why did they use such terrible methods of murder?

1865: 13th Amendment

Slavery Abolished

1868: 14th Amendment

Black people became US citizens protected by the Law

1870: 15th Amendment

Blacks were allowed to vote

The Freedmen's Bureau was an organisation set up by the government in 1865. It organised education, health care, orphanages and found work of a reasonable standard for ex-slaves.

By 1874 schools had increased literacy skills among black people to 20%. Many States took this to their advantage and used it as an excuse to limit the rights of black people. In other words; if you weren't able to read and write then you were not allowed to vote! Despite this, literacy

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