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Life for Freed Slaves. Lynchings. Lynch: to kill someone without a trial People could be accused of things as small as looking wrong at a white girl or sitting in the wrong place or something as big as murder, but no evidence was necessary Mobs gathered and killed the accused person

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Life for freed slaves

Life for Freed Slaves


Lynchings

Lynchings

  • Lynch: to kill someone without a trial

  • People could be accused of things as small as looking wrong at a white girl or sitting in the wrong place or something as big as murder, but no evidence was necessary

  • Mobs gathered and killed the accused person

  • Usually a hanging, though they could be killed anyway

  • People often gathered to watch as if it was a spectator’s sport– clearly some people’s ideas of who was human and who was property hadn’t completely changed


Segregation

Segregation

  • Keeping groups separate

  • Businesses, school, buses churches, and all public facilities were legally segregated after the Civil War, especially in the South

  • This sometimes happens today, but not because of the law; then, it happened because it was the law

  • Facilities provided for “Whites” and others for “Colored”

  • Plessyv. Ferguson: Supreme Court case that decided it was ok for facilities to be “separate but equal”


Jim crow laws

Jim Crow Laws

  • Laws designed to take away the rights of freed blacks

  • Poll tax

    • One way to disenfranchise blacks (take away the right to vote)

    • Have to pay to vote

    • Blacks didn’t have a lot of extra money lying around

  • Literacy tests

    • Had to prove you could read and write before voting

    • Remember, Lincoln had wanted only educated blacks to vote

    • Most blacks were not educated…and most whites would not pass this test… therefore…

  • Grandfather clause/grandfathering

    • exception for whites; if your grandfather voted you get an exception to the new laws restricting voting

    • None of the freed blacks had grandfathers that were able to vote, because they had all been slaves (without the right) then


The ku klux klan

The Ku Klux Klan

  • Hate group that officially formed after the Civil War

  • Specialized in:

    • taking away the rights of freed blacks

    • making the lives of white people who supported freed blacks miserable

    • Burning crosses in yards as a warning

    • lynching blacks who didn’t “stay in their place” (though plenty of people who weren’t members also participated in lynchings)

  • Members: White (of the proper European descent) Christian (non-Catholic) men

    • Auxiliary group for the women who held bake sales

    • In some towns, nearly everyone who fit the description was a member– it was the tradition and THE club to be in

    • They planned parades, parties, and other social gatherings


Kkk continued

KKK, continued

  • The KKK wasn’t just in the South– it spread throughout the US

  • The KKK still exists today and still holds protests and parades

  • The ideas of the KKK live on as well– and today, their ideas are even more dangerous than their actions


Video response

Video Response

  • The Ku Klux Klan was and is motivated by hatred, intolerance, and ignorance. How can ignorance lead to hatred and intolerance? Is there a group that you or someone in your family is ignorant about that you feel some level of dislike, hatred, or intolerance towards? What steps can you take to fix this?


Video response1

Video Response

  • Though the KKK is not as strong as it is today, there are many groups or sets of belief that lead people to discriminate against others. What people are often picked on or discriminated against? Why do these problems still occur? What do you think is the solution?


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