Give Me Liberty Essay

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Give Me Liberty! Give Us Suffrage!
“Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!” This famous quote used by Patrick Henry during his Virginia Convention speech was the declaration of the many persons who faced injustice and inequality in America. The United States of America was said to be the land of opportunity and prosperity, but opportunity and prosperity for whom? Terms and conditions were not stipulated upon living in or relocating to America that liberty would only be available to those that qualified. Prior to the 1900’s most of America’s population did not enjoy the full blessings of American Liberty. There were many factors during the 19th century that contributed to being afforded and ...view middle of the document...

Andrew Johnson argued, “Blacks did not deserve the rights to citizenship.” According to white America, blacks did not deserve any rights; they were to stay under bondage in the system of slavery. Blacks like other citizens of America were considered foreigners in their own country. Black codes were implemented to control black men and women. They were not allowed to vote, or own property. If they did have their own property, it was rented land from former slave owners. In order to keep the vote amongst the white men, they sought to disenfranchise the black man. “However, in order to maintain ascendency amongst the blacks, it was desirable and expedient to keep the negro from voting.” As a result, poll taxes, literacy tests, property qualification and grandfather clauses were applied. If they passed the following tests, they were still denied the right to vote. The Ku Klux Klan’s reign of terror prevented many blacks from voting. Other methods such as manipulation, deliberate theft of ballot boxes and incarceration also prevented blacks from voting. In A History of Suffrage in America, it said, “the real objection to black suffrage was not a dislike of an ignorant electorate, but a keen apprehension that negroes enjoying political power would utterly demoralize the state.” On the contrary, blacks felt although they were free, “slavery was not abolished until the black man has the ballot”. Along with disenfranchisement, came segregation. Black people had to deal with the notion that they were inferior to white people. They were not allowed use of the same facilities that were used by white people. As a way to show their “dominance,” whites subjected blacks to lynching throughout the south. Lynching came at any expense; a man could be lynched for wandering eyes, or false accusation of rape. In the south, the word of a black person against the word of a white person was never plausible. To white Americans, black people were insignificant, although they fought alongside white Americans during the civil war, they were not recognized as having played a vital role in winning the war. Unlike any other minority group, blacks received the worst treatment throughout history. Every liberty blacks were entitled to were stripped from them because of the belief that white men had hegemony.
Also, deemed inferior to the white man was his counterpart, the woman. It was not until passing of the 19th Amendment were woman allowed to vote. While black suffrage was the issue in the south, woman suffrage was the issue in the north. According to Nina...

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