Then and Now

Of course, several events shaped our current views of the world during this time period. From 1860 to 1870, amendments 13,14, and 15 were ratified, giving blacks freedom, citizenship, and the right to vote. This strengthened our current political structure and strengthened the nation as a whole. Also, due to the newly obtained rights of black men, women would obtain the right to vote (in around 50 years) and would further change our current time. The amendments heavily weakened the plantation owners, making them lose their political powers, and their former slaves as well. The emancipation proclamation, declaring the freedom of all black people, set events in motion which led to several civil rights movements and equality as a whole. As of today, there is no wealthy plantation class.


~Jeremy Diaz


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