In the 1920’s the Ku Klux Klan were responsible for many of the hardships faced by black people in southern states. They would terrorise many people frequently. But there were other reasons for the hard times faced by black Americans such as voting restrictions, Jim Crow laws, segregated transport, economic depression, a flawed justice system and bad education.
The KKK were the primary aggravators of black people during this time. The Klan was made up of mainly poor, uneducated, rural white men, and was funded by the richer members. Lynchings were a common act to be committed by the group, public, horrific murders of anyone they didn’t like, for example immigrants and black people. It was difficult to find anywhere completely devoid of KKK activity, they were present in every organisation including the government. This is why they got away with so much terrorism against black Americans. They were segregationists who believed that the vote was too powerful to be given to black Americans and set examples of blacks who crossed the line through gruesome, public lynchings. Racial hatred was a strong motivator for the Klan and caused them to commit many murders and innocent deaths. This made the Ku Klux Klan very important in the horrid treatment of black Americans during this time.
Another hardship black people faced was the economic depression of 1929. Employers payed less for the work of black people, so many whites believed that they were the cause of lower wages. They also believed that they took jobs meant for whites and this sparked more abuse. Many blacks were denied jobs for their race and low level education. This made the economic depression an important factor in the treatment of black people as a subclass human being as their lack of jobs gave them a reputation of being lazy, and the blame for lower wages only created more tension.
Jim Crow laws were set in place in the south to make the lives of black Americans even more difficult. It made many things...