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African Americans Status In 1890 There were many problems that African Americans faced in the 1890s some of which still exist in todays society African Americans have come a long way and earned many rights but still live with the hardships that they had in the 1890s The status of African Americans at this time in United States history was not good Blacks had a very hard time living especially in the south The problems that blacks dealt with were primarily found in the south where they were not accepted Segregation became huge across the entire south after the Supreme Court ruled that Separate but equal was legal in the Plessy v Ferguson case Everything was separate but it was almost never equal Whites always had things better than African Americans did Blacks could not ride in the same train cars as whites The national government gave blacks the right to vote but southern state governments took away that right through the use of poll taxes and literacy tests A big problem that blacks faced was trying to stay alive Many blacks were killed for no reason during this period of time Jim Crow laws were set up to keep blacks from enjoying the same rights and privileges that whites enjoyed everyday The Ku Klux Klan was set up by whites who had hatred for blacks Blacks in the south feared for their lives and their families lives everyday It was certain that African Americans would be confronted by racism each and everyday in the south Relationships between blacks and whites have greatly improved in the last century but things still are not perfect and it is unlikely that they ever will be The greatest changes were made during the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s when blacks stood up for themselves and gained their rights as American citizens Laws were finally passed that made literacy tests and poll taxes illegal
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