• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Does the history of the blacks in the USA suggest that they have had achieved equality by the end of the 20th Century?

Extracts from this document...


Does the history of the blacks in the USA suggest that they have had achieved equality by the end of the 20th Century? I believe that black people In the united states of America have gained more equality than before when they first arrived in USA however not full equality to white people. Most of the first black slaves came from West Africa were they were captured and sent to the states this was when most people lived in villages or small towns within separate kingdoms, each having their own traditions and cultures. At the end of the 14th century Europeans started to take people from Africa against their will. Initially they were mainly used as servants for the rich. When Spanish and Portuguese sea-captains began to explore the Americas they took their African servants with them. Some of these Africans proved to be excellent explorers. The most important of these was Estevanico, who led the first European expedition to New Mexico and Arizona. ...read more.


Later, Tubman returned to rescue the rest of the family. This was the first of 19 secret trips she made to the South, during which she guided more than 300 slaves to freedom. Tubman's activities became so notorious that plantation owners offered a $40,000 reward for her capture. The turn for the black slaves in America came when in November 1860, 11 states broke away from the United States of America and formed Confederate States of America, fearing the fact that President Lincoln would take their rights which included keeping slaves and having taxes low. Most of northern states had banned slavery there were many who wanted to abolish it but the main reason for the civil war was to keep America together and not to free slaves however President Lincoln let this become a central issue as the war progressed as more people were needed to defeat Confederate States of America so that it would only be the United States of America. ...read more.


Although equality for blacks has increased in America there are still problems now as well for example in 1990 the average income of a black family was less than half of an average white family.. In 1992 serious riots started in Los Angles after four white policemen were acquitted of beating up a black person Rodney King. A passer-by had filmed this but the mainly white jury found the policemen not guilty. Thousands of dollars of worth of damage was caused. Unemployment is higher in mainly black ghettos of America's large cites are as high as 65 percent. However on the other side Bill Clinton appointed 5 black people as members of his cabinet in 1993. Many black people are in TV, film literature and music also the secretary of state in America is Colin Powell who is a black man. So in conclusion I believe that black people of America have achieved equality however not full equality I also think that the reason Bill Clinton appointed 5 black people in Cabinet was to show people he wasn't prejudices and didn't chose them for their intelligence. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE USA 1941-80 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE USA 1941-80 essays

  1. Peer reviewed

    The NAACP was the organisation that achieved most for African Americans during the 20th ...

    4 star(s)

    persuading President Truman to include fair employment legislation as part of his fair deal programme. However, the ADA's achievements were limited, due to the fact that it was not an organisation that was concerned with AA affairs only. If any organisation were to be named as having made the most

  2. Blacks were substantially better off in 1877 than they had been in 1863.' How ...

    It meant that they could rent a part of a plantation owners farm in return for half the profits of the produce that the African-Americans farm. The biggest problem post-Civil War was that the newly 'freedmen' had no land, therefore no income.

  1. Civil Rights in the USA 1945-1975

    Black Americans were treated very differently to white Americans just because their skin colour was different. There were many protesters, campaigners working to win equality for black people. White people stood in their way all the time as they didn't want to be treated the same way as black people, their "slaves".

  2. The USA 1941 - 80 : The Divided Union.

    By 1945 there were only 100 black marines in the US navy.. * 1.5 million blacks migrated from the south to northern cities to find war work. * By 1945 2.5 million blacks worked in the American defence industry * Even in northern cities race riots developed eg over housing

  1. With what truth can it be asserted that the U.S.A was the land of ...

    In order for the US to be a land of equality for all minorities, these minorities needed to have freedom of choice which they were denied as a result of the hostile actions of whites. This unequal treatment meant that the U.S was not a land of equality for all

  2. Civil Rights In The USA.

    Martin Luther King Jr. belonged to the Civil Rights Movement and Malcolm X belonged to the Nation of Islam which served the needs for black people across the country with things such as Schools, Stores, Farms ect...These weren't the only groups however and there were others who were preaching Black-Power groups like that included the Black Panther Movement.

  1. Frederick Washington Bailey was born in Tuckahoe, Maryland, on 7th February 1818. He was ...

    The wife of Auld defied state law by teaching him to read. Frederick Douglass was one of the foremost leaders of the abolitionist movement, which fought to end slavery within the United States in the decades prior to the Civil War.

  2. The split in the 19th century - Woman suffrage movement

    Keeping [the colored man] out, suffering as now, would not let me in all the sooner, then in God's name why stand in the way?"[19] On the other hand, there was a solid argument against the 15th Amendment on the grounds that it ignored the rights of women.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work