\"The slave went free; stood for a brief moment in the sun; then moved back again towards slavery\" Discuss
A 3000 word essay discussing the statement in question is accurate in some aspects of African American life within the period 1865-1900. However, it will be shown that not all aspects of African American life ‘moved back towards slavery’ such as educational progress which will be shown to have been sustained throughout the discussed period. Factors that will support the notion that African Americans ‘stood for a brief moment in the sun; then moved back again towards slavery’ are political rights and the notion of segregation and violence in Southern society. However, the notion of the economic rights of African Americans will be shown to have not had ‘a moment in the sun’ due to the immediate establishment of Black Codes. In April 1865 slavery was abolished in America and with that came freedom for the black man whereby in their opinion, ‘slavery had imposed the unnatural condition of inequality on them; now that the shackles had been removed, they had been removed to their original condition of free men’ . This essay will illustrate the extent to which this was maintained, if at all in some cases.
Was the Civil Rights Movement more successful at a local or national level?
2000 word essay that discusses whether the civil rights movement was more successful at a national level because only once there was national attention did any change occur at grassroots level which is especially true for educational and employment desegregation. The issue of housing desegregation achieved little success both locally and nationally due to legislation being continuously undermined. The importance of white public opinion is also explored and will show that it was successful at a national level, but only in the early part of the movement. This essay will measure the civil rights movement to start with the passing of the 1954 Brown case until the end of Nixon’s presidency in 1974.The civil rights movement refers to a plethora of topics like political, economic and civil/ social rights; this essay will focus on the movement in regards to social rights.