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The Freedmen's Bureau

A federal agency, formed to aid and protect the newly freed blacks in the South after the Civil War. Established by an act of Mar. 3, 1865, under the name "bureau of refugees, freedmen, and abandoned lands," it was to function for one year after the close of the war. 

Throughout the South, where most of the fighting had taken place, cities and towns were devastated. The economic system was virtually nonexistent, railroads had been destroyed, and farms had been neglected or destroyed. We Learn how freed blacks where haveing to be protected in the south after the civil war and how everything had also been destroyed. The freed blacks was helped to adjust to their conditions of freedom.

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Has racial discrimination been eradicated from the workplace?

Has racial discrimination been eradicated from the workplace? | Progressive Era Project Hr.3 | Scoop.it

Much has changed over the years, but discrimination still exists – it's just altered its appearance. This has an affect on descrimnation because even though segrigation was over people still treat others differently because of their color, and or apperiance. 

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Race Intelligence :: W E B Du Bois . org

With the essay Race Intelligence the African American activist, writer, and scholar William Edward Burghardt Du Bois criticized the biased composition of IQ tests in the early 20th century.

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African American Women in the Progressive Era

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African American women were also involved in reform efforts during the Progressive Era, largely independently from white women. During the Progressive Era, many important changes occurred in the lives of black women. Hundreds of thousands migrated from the South to the North and from rural to urban areas. In addition, many black women moved from employment in agriculture to employment in factories and as domestic servants. In addition to facing sexism, black women also faced institutional racism and overtly violent acts of racism, such as lynching.


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Constitutional History: Trevon Martin New York Times Article

Discrimination was thought of as a big part of the Trevon Martin case. A young and innocent african american decides to take a trip to the store for some skittles and a tea, not knowing on his trip back home he would get shot. Zimmerman (Trevon's shooter) was a hispanic who said Trevon looked suspicious at the time and thought he might of been somebody who was robbing homes in the neighbor hood, but many others think it was because Trevon was black. He was, and still to this day is thought of as being a racist man.  

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Vocabulary

1. Discrimination- treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor against,, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which that person or thing belongs rather than on individual merit.
➢ The man showed discrimination when he wouldn’t shake my dark hand in front of the others. 2.Inferiority- lower in station, rank, degree, or grade; lower in place or position.
➢ The inferiority of my neighborhood often made me hold my head down in shame when my family walked with theirs high in the clouds, ridiculing.
3.Disenfranchisement- to deprive a person of a right of citizenship, as of the right to vote.
➢ Just because of who I am and my background, they believe they have the right to disfranchise me!
4.Sexism- attitudes or behavior based on traditional stereotypes of sexual roles.
➢ Women are also sexiest when they talk down against us men.
5.Advocate- a person who speaks or writes in favor of or defense of a person, cause, etc.
➢ Her advocate spoke carefully and clearly to save her innocence.
6.Controversy- a prolonged public dispute, debate, or contention; disputation concerning a matter of opinion.
➢ There was so much controversy on whether or not slaves should be freed or not.
7.Unity- the state of being combined into one.
➢ At the end of the day, the country is a unity.
8.Lynch-to put to death, especially by hanging, my mob action or without legal authority.
➢ All I wanted were rights for my husband but instead it let to him being lynched by the mob. 9.Activist-an especially active, vigorous advocate of a cause, especially a political cause.
➢ My grandma used to be an activist for freedom and free rights.
10.Pundit- a person who makes comments or judgments, especially in an authoritative manner; critic or commentator.
➢ Everyone could agree the people of higher power can be oundit.

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Life of an African American

During the Progressive Era, African Americans were put through very hard and unfair times. They’ve experienced everything from deep humiliation, unfair treatment, and countless lynching practices. We were dehumanized as a race of people. For some strange reason, the color of our skin made us un-liked and unloved. Blacks weren’t seen as people like we are today; we were first seen as property. Seen as a disease, or a pesky insect that never seemed to go away. We were seen as animals that didn’t deserve the right to live peacefully like our peers. And that’s just how we were treated too. Discrimination in the Progressive Era was a hard time indeed for African Americans for all that I’ve stated, but more importantly, at least to me, it was hard because of the lynching of men, women, and even little children who had their whole lives ahead of them. Hundreds of black people lost their lives all because of their skin color. It just makes me sit back and think of the actuality of our past in shock. The only question is; who did the blacks look toward when they had no timely idea or anyone else in their corner? The first answer that comes to mind is the great W.E.B Du Bois.

William Edward Burghardt, or W.E.B Du Bois, was definitely a pioneer back in those days. He paved the way for African Americans and fought for equality among his peers. He accomplished many things in his lifetime. Du Bois was an American sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, author and editor. One of his famous pieces of work entitled The Souls of Black Folk is a classic work of American literature. The first chapter is Du Bois stating his thesis on the topic at hand, which was the treatment of African Americans. Du Bois was so intelligent and established, for him to really put forth that much effort to change the world deserves an endless amount of respect. He traveled the world, did many successful things, and could’ve been doing anything else. But he felt obligated to help his fellow man in the world. To be honest, I think if it wasn’t for him early on, things wouldn’t have been as smooth as quickly. He was an important and powerful piece of history for the black race. And for that, I give him respect, and thank him today for his efforts in America to make it a better place.

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Progressive Era Struggles

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African Americans faced many problems in the Progressive Era. Unfair living situations, discrimination, and lynching are a few. All of these problems were considered deadly to negros in that time of history. So many peoples lives were lost, people were mistreated and abused, even children were going through these struggles. I just thank the brave souls who stood up for what they believed in, despite the consequenses and punishment put upon them. I thank them for making a change.


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Progressive Era Discrimination

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Between the 1890s and the 1920s, the United States was experiencing rapid growth. Immigrants from eastern and southern Europe arrived in droves. Cites were overcrowded and those living in poverty suffered greatly. Politicians in large cities controlled their power through various political machines. Companies were creating monopolies and controlling many of the nation’s finances. A concern emerged from many Americans who believed that great change was needed in society to protect everyday people. As a result, these people—social workers, journalists, even politicians—were known as reformers. And the era was known as the Progressive Movement. Yet one issue was consistently ignored: the plight of African-Americans in the United States. African-Americans were faced with consistent racism in the form of segregation in public spaces, lynchings, disenfranchisement from the political process, and no access to quality healthcare, education and housing.  To counter these injustices, African-American reformists also emerged to expose and then fight for equal rights in the United States.


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America's race problems. [Vol. 18, no. 1]

Du Bois arguments is that the system of slavery fundamentally hindered the South in its industrial development, leaving an agriculture-based economy out of step with the world around it. Du Bois believes that the South will not be able to compete with the rest of the world unless the African American is fully integrated in the political life of the states. He decries what he calls the system of "serfdom" that replaced slavery, and offers as at least a partial remedy the prospect of black-owned business. Du Bois wants equal rights, we can learn that Du Bois believe that with just whites the economy want be complete as one. Without everyone together there is economy.

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The Souls of Black Folks

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w.e.b  Dubois Says the problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color-line." His concepts of life behind the veil of race and the resulting "double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one's self through the eyes of others," have become touchstones for thinking about race in America. Du Bois concentrates on how racial prejudice impacts individuals. Du Bois telling the story from his point of view. We could learn a little of how it was back then and what happen becaouse of discrimination just through his eyes, or point of view.

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