HIS105 Strayer Wk 3 Social Political & Racial Changes in Post-Civil War America Paper


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Write a paper in which you discuss social, political, and/or racial changes in post-Civil War America.

Topic and Thesis Statement—choose one of the following as your Thesis Statement:

THESIS STATEMENT 1: Political policies in the period from 1865 to the 1920s generally tried to promote diversity and “the melting pot” despite the strong prejudices of a few.

THESIS STATEMENT 2: Political policies in the period from 1865 to the 1920s generally tried to hinder or restrict diversity and “the melting pot”, in part because of widespread prejudices. The general subject is DIVERSITY and policy in that period of history. You may moderate the wording slightly to fit more precisely the position you wish to take. This is NOT a simple statement of a topic; it is a statement of a position you are taking about that topic. p.s.—Valid arguments and “A” papers can be made with either thesis. So, you choose the one you think is the stronger position.

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School: Duke University


Running header: DIVERSITY

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The period between 1865 and the 1920s was marked by many changes, which were
political, social and/racial. In order to implement these changes, many political policies were
introduced in an attempt to promote diversity. However, these attempts were met with
preconceived opinion that was not based on reason or actual experience.
Before the civil war, the practice of slavery was common in America, with most the
slaves being of African American origin. In the year 1865, the Thirteenth Amendment was
introduced and its aim was to end slavery. The effect was that the amendment was successful and
this meant that African Americans had found new freedom. During this reconstruction period,
about 2,000 African Americans were in government jobs. The black church, the black family and
education were some of the central elements in the lives of many African Americans. In the
south, the life of many African Americans after slavery meant great transformation. The
indignities and brutality of slavery were done away with. These included sexual assaults,
whipping, denial of education, legal marriage, wages, homeownership etc. Anyone would expect
life after slavery to be easy. Unfortunately...

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