The events of the reconstruction era vastly transformed various diverse groups of the new nation, especially African Americans. The southerners were grounded to the traditional socio economic notions of African Americans as an inferior race. Despite Africans Americans attaining more freedom than ever in history, the great majority of them continued their suffrage as segregated human beings.
The Bureau was established as part of the government’s effort to aid the individuals of the South. The most prominent group of individuals it facilitated was the African Americans. Since many ex-confederates held strong to the belief about African Americans being inferior to the white race, the Northerners rarely affirmed the notion since most opposed slavery or human abuse through work. The Bureau assisted the transition of millions of freed black individuals from slavery to freedom and rehabilitation. It championed to change the societal ideals of the South about African Americans and other individuals through this act.
The Fourteenth Amendment was a major milestone for the people of the US, especially for the African Americans, it guaranteed the citizenship for emancipated African Americans and granted all citizens equal protection under law. However, under the law they were entitled to equal protection but a great majority of them continued their suffrage as segregated African Americans. They had no voting rights or the eligibility to take high officers positions. The discrimination still continued in public places as colored and White locations. Evidently, they were given the rights they were entitled to, equal protection, much of them still faced the horrible miseries that were encountered during their slavery.
With increasing prominence of the African American majority, they advocated for equal treatment and opportunities. The Civil Rights Act of 1875 demonstrated the great opportunities African American’s would seek throughout in their lifetimes. It called for the ban of discrimination in public places that immensely increased the freedom of colored individuals at various accommodations. Throughout history, the act has allowed justice and fairness, the premise of the Constitution and the Declaration of the Independence to be serve to the citizens of America.
Through various legislation and over a great amount of time, the freedoms and the rights the African Americans wished for at last became true. Similarly, even though some women were not slaves or African American, they had no freedom as a white man during the Reconstruction. In the late 1800s, the momentum for women’s suffrage gradually picked up and started a nationwide protest for equal rights for women. At last, they were given the right to vote in the early 1900s. The strong beliefs of the groups seeking change revolutionized the traditional notions on African Americans and women in the United States during the Reconstruction.