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America has come a long way since its Independence Throughout her history she has gone through a number of changes One of these periods in which number of reforms took place was the progressive era Many state legislations federal legislations and court decisions passed during this time period helped to improve societal positions However there were also a number of state legislations and court decisions that did quite the contrary In the United States between 1880 and 1920 although state and federal legislations sustained worker attempts to improve their position in society court decisions destroyed these efforts whereas both state and court decisions attempted to dismantle previous federal efforts to improve the African American position in society State legislations such as the Labor laws sustained attempts made by workers to improve their positions in society yet dismantled previous federal attempts to improve African- Americans positions through the Black codes and Grandfather laws Between 1874 and 1896 a number of Labor laws were passed to lessen working hours regulate wages and lessen the amount of women and child laborers These laws were passed in order to protect workers from being exploited by their employers who overworked and underpaid them However state legislations passed with regard to African Americans did nothing but hinder their attempts to improve their positions in society The Black Codes which had become universally accepted among southern states basically segregated whites from blacks This clearly dismantled the Civil Rights Act passed earlier which stated that there was to be no public segregation or discrimination The Grandfather Laws yet another state legislation stated that in order for a person to be eligible to vote his grandfather must have voted in the last election These laws were passed in order to prevent African Americans from voting since obviously prior to the 15th amendment their grandfathers couldnt have voted Thus these laws were in violation of the 15th amendment which stated that no one could deprive
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