In My Lifetime By: Madison smith.

My name is Madison and I am an African American in this time period (Antebellum era) that means I would be a slave as you might know African Americans had it hard in this time period when I turned 4 is when I started to work on a plantation with mommy and some other people there were about 60 of us.(the worst part is that we didn't even get paid)

My family and I

It was 1860 and Abraham Lincoln became president, and for some Reason South Carolina seceded from the union. I was very confused because mama only said good things about this man and he didn't want slavery to expand up north but was still kinda nuteral in the south about slavery, it kinda sucked that we weren't free but at least I know that there would be no slavery in the south so no more of my family or friends have to deal with such a terrible life.

Civil war

Then A few months after South Carolina seceded there was a civil war between the confederate and the Unionist. The master went out to fight but I don't think he was on the side to help us. It happened from Dates: Apr 12, 1861 – May 9, 1865, Every night mama would tell me that the union was going to win and get us out of this terrible place, and I'm happy to say that what mama said was one hundred percent right. On May 9,1865 the union won!!! South Carolina had to rejoin the union and have reconstruction.

The Emancipation Proclamation was a presidential proclamation and executive order issued by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863. It purported to change the federal legal status of more than 3 rmillion enslaved people in the designated areas of the South from "slave" to "free", although its immediate effect was less. That means that some of my family were freed from this terrible place and it wouldn't be long until all of use where freed too!!!!

The Day I was waiting for just happened the 13th amendment was passed (all men were free!!) everyday was getting better and better and then the 15 amendment passed which gave use the right to vote and the 14 gave All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.Mama and I were so happy that mama went out looking for some of her old relatives while I looked for somewhere for use to live and get food.

The military district were helpful because my family and I were scared that the would going to treat us unequally but the millibar you helped use be simi equal.

These people Called carpetbaggers come down south to help us with reconstruction most southern didn't like them for that but they helped us, then there were scalawags they were people in the south that thought that blacks should have right they called them this because it was meaning a bad name to be called. And we were freedmen we are freed because we are not slaves .

Life was going pretty good the 1865 and the 1868 sc state constitution passed and it Was an 1868 constitution abolished debtors’ prison, provided for public education, abolished property ownership as a qualification for office holding, granted some rights to women, and created counties.

The Kkk were on the look looking for blacks to kill no one really knows why They were really rascits but thy just were so mean well they were out looking for any blacks to kill. I was scared for my family and I that we barley went out side anymore.

The constitution of 1895 is being passed but we still don't have any or no education we don't have any schools until Ben Tilman passed the law and we got one school! It wasn't as nice as the whites school but it was something! It was called Sc state it was small but I loved it. There was also a school called Clemson(for the whites) it was huge and had a lot of teacher our teachers were always scared away by the KKK

The Grange was white and colored Allanices were The Patrons of Husbandry, or the Grange, was founded in 1867 to advance methods of agriculture, as well as to promote the social and economic needs of farmers in the United States. The financial crisis of 1873, along with falling crop prices, increases in railroad fees to ship crops, and Congress’s reduction of paper money in favor of gold and silver devastated farmers’ livelihoods and caused a surge in Grange membership in the mid-1870s. Both at the state and national level, Grangers gave their support to reform minded groups such as the Greenback Party, the Populist Party, and, eventually, the Progressives.

They also wanted labor hours so you don't work so much in a day.

Then there was a court order called Plessy Vs Ferguson it was for separate but equal it set up for blacks and whites to be equal but separate I read in a arrival tha said " Plessy v. Ferguson, 163 US 537 (1896) was a landmark constitutional law case of the US Supreme Court. It upheld state racial segregation laws for public facilities under the doctrine of "separate but equal".[1] The decision was handed down by a vote of 7 to 1 with the majority opinion written by Justice Henry Billings Brown and the dissent written by Justice John Marshall Harlan. Separate but equal" remained standard doctrine in U.S. law until its repudiation." It was better then sleeping in a slave house so I wasn't complaining.

The earthquake of 1886 was The earthquake was preceded by foreshocks felt in Summerville, South Carolina, on August 27 and 28 but, still, no one was prepared for the strength of the August 31 quake. At 9:51 p.m., the rumbling began, and it was felt as far away as Boston, Chicago and Cuba. There was damage to buildings as far away as Ohio and Alabama. It was Charleston, South Carolina, though, that took the biggest hit from the quake, which is thought to have had a magnitude of about 7.6. Almost all of the buildings in town were seriously damaged. It is estimated that 14,000 chimneys fell from the earthquake. It caused multiple fires and water lines and wells were ruptured. The total damage was in excess of $5.5 million there were no apparent surface cracks as a result of this tremor, railroad tracks were bent in all directions in some locations. Acres of land were liquefied. This quake remained a mystery for many years since there were no known underground faults for 60 miles in any direction. However, better science and detection methods have recently uncovered a concealed fault along the coastal plains of Virginia and the Carolinas. Still, a quake of this magnitude remains highly unlikely in this location.

Then there was the hurricane of 1893 it was terrible it took out rice and indigo as a cash crop!! The date was August 27th, 1893. A major hurricane which eventually came to be known as the Sea Islands Hurricane struck head-on near Savannah, Georgia. The suprise storm killed an estimated 2,000+ people, mostly from the heavy storm surge that it carried with it. Many of the dead were inhabitants of the Sea Islands of Beaufort, with 20,000 or more left homeless as nearly every building along the barrier islands was damaged beyond repair. Some estimated it’s storm surge to be a whopping 16 ft. This caused a great deal of destruction along the coastline and Sea Islands in both South Carolina and Georgia. Along with much smaller local islands, St. Helena, Hilton Head, Daufuskie, Parris, and Lady’s Islands were all devastated. My family and I had to leave asap!!!

In 1890, during the progressive Era it was a period of widespread social activists and political reform across the United States. The Theodore Roosevelt jr. was an American States an who served as the 26th president of the United States. A reform movement that aims to make gradual change or change in certain aspects of society.

In 1920 was known as an age of dramatic social and political change. More Americans lived in cites than on farms for once in the SC history. In January 1920, the 18th amendment to the constitution took effect in prohibition the manufacture transport and sale alcohol in America. A silent slim from the 1915s was made about the south during and after ten civil war it had a highly controversial for it protrayal of African Americans and this depicted the KKK as the hero and the author wrote about the African Americans called better jobs and opportunities resulted in violence and discrimination. And the Harlem renaissance it was a way to see the African Americans culture or every whites and blacks dance together in the south though in the 1920s new inventions where made other than the train known as Automobiles it help transport people faster and easier.

Mama and I were never happier we got a car and running water!!!!!!

Rip Madison Smith 😪💕😇🙏

War was over it was the Great Depression my life was a tough one but also had some good things to but I knew it was my time to go so when I tuck my grandkids into bed I prayed 🙏and went to sleep and never woke up 💕😇😌

RIP: Madison Smith

April 28, 1850 to November 12,1930 💕💕

Look on the bright side 🤗🔆
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