African American Histiry

African American History
Schnell Collins
May 1, 2012
College of Humanities
ETH/125 Version 7
Cultural Diversity

Back between the 1700s and 1800s African Americans came to America as slaves. My grandfather was one of the millions of African American Slaves. When I was a little girl my grandfather told me a horrible story that his father told him about how he would get whipped to the point to where he urinated in his pants. He told us that he thought is name was Negro. His mother had a talk with him and told him never to look at those white people in the eyes and to answer to whatever they call you. Even though his name was Joseph, she told him that the white folks didn’t care to even know what his real name was.   My grandfather realized that he was a slave and the white folks owned all the slaves.   He said every time a white person needed work done, they would call his family to do it, no matter what type of job it was.   Slaves didn’t have any rights; they were property of their owners.
In the Mid 1800s According to African American, encyclopedia article, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation which freed the slaves in the southern states at war with the North.  
The 13th Amendment outlawed slavery in the United States between 1865 and 1870. The 14th Amendment granted full citizenship to all African Americans and the 15th Amendment extended African American males to vote. Those rights were enforced when the Union troops were in sight. After they withdrew, the Southerners created a racist group called the Klu Klux Klan to prevent any African American from voting or enforcing them in any labor contracts. The Klu Klux Klan made cruel and evil threats toward the African Americans.
The Segregation then came that was created by the Whites; this became a law in the United States. This law limited African Americans transportation, education, and all other public facilities which were enforced in the Northern and Western...