Academic English 11
16 September 2008
How different the early 1900s were
The image I was assigned is a photograph of some guys playing football in Greensboro, Greene County, Georgia. The picture seems to be a bunch of white guys playing football, but in fact is showing the difference between the early 1900s and now, by showing the segregation occurring during that time period. Back then it was rare to see African Americans playing football but nowadays teams are mostly African American. Not only in football but in many key roles in society.
In the early 1900s segregation was a huge problem in the United States. In 1914 Louisiana required separate entrances, Oklahoma required separate telephone booths, Kentucky required separate schools, and also that no textbook would be issued to an African American would ever be reused, they also didn’t allow interracial marriage. And those were just some segregation examples there were many more some really ridiculous.
These were ruff times for African Americans and this all continued until 1968 when all forms of segregation were declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, and by 1970 formal legal segregation had dissolved.
It took over a hundred years since Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1862 to finally end the chaos of segregation. As I have said things have changed a lot since then segregation lingers nowhere and African Americans play key roles in all society. Hey maybe even president.
• “Emancipation Proclamation.” Wikipedia.3 August 2008.Wikimedia Foundation.16 September 2008.< http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emancipation_Proclamation>
• “Racial segregation.” Wikipedia.3 August 2008.Wikimedia Foundation.16 September 2008.< http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racial_segregation>