Reconstruction, one of the most misunderstood chapters in American history.
A brief description of reconstruction 1865 – 1877 1st the rise of a race of people, but the rise was short lived. Story courtesy of CBS News.
The video below represents an example of the progress made by black men some former slaves during reconstruction.
Jim Crow laws were a collection of state and local statutes that legalized racial segregation. Named after an insulting song lyric regarding African Americans, the laws—which existed for about 100 years, from the post-Civil War era until 1968—were meant to return Southern states to an antebellum class structure by marginalizing black Americans. Black communities and individuals that attempted to defy Jim Crow laws often met with violence and death.
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