Freedom of the Afro-Americans and the Road to Actual Equality
July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was created. It was now official that the U.S was separated from Great Britain. In the document written by Thomas Jefferson and the founding fathers which is said to be one of the most important document throughout the history of the United States, says the following: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” (Wikipedia, 2014) One should believe such a statement ended the slavery against African-Americans. However, the slavery continued for almost a hundred years until they finally got their freedom. The Emancipation Proclamation, submitted by Abraham Lincoln, and the 13th, 14th and 15th amendment, made sure slavery was exterminated once and for all. Still, Afro-Americans suffered under the white man. What made the African-Americans still be inferior to the white race after the Emancipation Proclamation?
It had long been conflicts between the slave states in the south and the northern states. The southern states wanted to keep holding slaves because they needed slaves to produce cotton in the same extent and as cheap as before because the southern economy was depending on cotton. The northern states were against it. After Abraham Lincoln was elected president for the Republican Party in 1860, a peace conference was set up, but they failed to find a compromise. The civil war started in 1861, and when Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, which said that the goals of winning the war was to preserve the Union and to abolish slavery, even Afro-Americans could participate in the war for the Union. This helped the Union a lot, and two years later they won the war, and slavery was officially banished.
Even though everything was now staged for the African-Americans to...