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History of Freedmen 1After the Civil War the United States had to deal with the question on what to do about the status of the Freedmen of the South Many people had different views and opinions on what should have been done One of the extreme alternatives which could have occurred is the Freedmen should be given full political economic and social rights People such as Frederick Douglas radical republicans and obviously the Freedmen themselves hoped that this would occur If this were to happen the Freedmen would finally have the status as the White majority of Americans This of course did not happen Two other alternatives that might have occurred is that the Freedmen would be allowed the right to vote and to hold office which people such as Charles Sumner believed in and the other granted full economic freedom Thaddeus Stevens and Booker T Washington believed in the latter Both of these groups believed that if at least one of these rights were achieved the others would surely follow The other extreme alternative that might have also happened is to keep the Freedmen segregated Obviously the majority of the southerners were the ones that wished to see this followed through The final alternative and the one that was carried out were to grant the Freedmen with second-class citizenship which entitled them only to life liberty and property 2There was different reasoning behind these alternatives the people believed should be enacted The first alternative mentioned giving Freedmen full rights was sought after due to the fact that some felt as though the Freedmen were just as equal as the WASPs These people also pointed to the constitution for back up saying that all men are created equal The next two alternatives pretty much tie into one when it comes to the reasoning behind them Giving the Freedmen the right to vote and hold office or giving them economic freedom was thought by some
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