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Did life improve for black people after the abolition of slavery?

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Did life improve for black people after the abolition of slavery? There are many reasons to whether the abolition of slavery improved life for black people or not. Some say life for black people is still the same but others say it has improved. Some of the main factors are what it was like to be a slave, how black Americans reacted to the end of slavery, the views of different black leaders and the advantages and disadvantages blacks faced after the Civil War. I will look at each point in detail and then finally decide whether the abolition of slavery improved life for black people or not. It was a very hard life for slaves as they had to do a lot of hard work and had extremely harsh punishments. Some of their punishments include having their head chopped off, salt and peppering their skin and getting a spike in their mouth. Slaves had a very hard life; they started off as being normal people and just living their life in Africa. ...read more.

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Black soldiers got paid $7 and white soldiers got paid $13, the black soldiers were 10% of the union army. Another 200,000 people served as labourers, cooks and nurses. After the Civil War 17 black soldiers and 4 black sailors were awarded the congressional medal of honour. During the Civil War lots of black people contributed because they wanted to be free. The disadvantages blacks faced after the Civil War were that half the US prison population is black, one in twelve of the total population is black. 67% of black families earn less than the USA's average family income. White family income: $39,000. Black family income: $21,550. 38 of the top 50 companies in America have no black people on their board of directors. The advantages blacks faced after the Civil War were that blacks were treated much better. In 1984 only 20% of students in southern states attended segregated schools. Blacks are a minority of drug users but a majority of those sentenced for drug offences. ...read more.

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Black people faced racism through economics by being paid a lot less than white people in their work. White people had the chance to vote but black people didn't. This was because to vote you had to pass a literacy test in which the black people were no good at. People's attitudes towards black people were not very nice. They hated the blacks just because of their skin colour. After going through these factors I have finally decided whether the abolition of slavery improved life for black people or not. I think that life has improved for black people after the abolition of slavery but not as much as it should have. After slavery was over black people became free and could live a pain free life, but also the KKK was invented and black people were hated. Although blacks were free they weren't treated completed equally, white people got paid much more than black people which was very unfair. The abolition of slavery improved life a lot for black people but I still think a bit more could have been done to make blacks and whites completely equal. By Mita Shah 9K ...read more.

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