After the Civil War, African American Slaves were granted their freedom in many places in the United States. However, rights for African Americans were mainly only in effect in northern parts of the United States. This poses the question as to how much rights were African Americans given in southern states? In the end, rights in the south to African Americans were very lackluster and showed the failure of the south.
This source refers to the New South that took place in reconstruction. The New South gave slaves complete freedom. The source takes an optimistic point of view and claims that all is okay. The author claims the south to now have a “perfect democracy”. He ends the excerpt by claiming that African Americans are part of a new south. They are part of a new movement toward universal rights.
The picture above shows one of the main failures of reconstruction. White supremacy was still very relevant in many areas of the south, thus black rights were a proof of the failure of reconstruction. Black rights were still seldom listened to in southern areas.
This picture represents the success of reconstruction. It shows this by depicting free African American men meeting in a civilized manner. It shows that reconstruction in some ways gave free rights to African Americans.
The 1960's in American history was very similar to the reconstruction state of the United States. The 1960's represented another step towards equal African American rights, yet similar to reconstruction, this step deemed ineffective. They are also similar in the way that violent protest occurred towards the events.