Directions: Using this lesson and Lesson 2.5 African Americans in the Gilded Age, write a brief essay or construct a graphic organizer using your preferred format comparing and contrasting the movement to gain African-African male suffrage and the movement for women’s suffrage. Be sure to include analysis of their methods, challenges, and major successes of both groups.
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African Americans in the Gilded Age
Constitutional amendments were ratified during and after the Civil War to protect the natural and civil rights of African Americans. Despite these legal protections, the condition of African Americans significantly worsened in the last few decades of the nineteenth century. In the late nineteenth century, the promise of emancipation and Reconstruction went largely unfulfilled and was even reversed in the lives of African Americans. Southern blacks suffered from horrific violence, political disfranchisement, economic discrimination, and legal segregation. Ironically, the new wave of racial discrimination that was introduced was part of an attempt to bring harmony between the races and order to American society.