At the end of the Civil War, the former slaves


At the end of the Civil War, the former slaves were promised their freedom. However, the transition from slavery to freedom was far from easy. Many blacks found themselves free but with few resources and little economic security. Those who could not find employment resorted to sharecropping, which became a cycle of near-slavery conditions for African Americans. Many blacks flocked to the cities in search of better opportunities, but were often met with hostile white populations and limited opportunities for advancement. Despite the legal and social obstacles, former slaves soon began to organize and fight for their rights through organizations such as the NAACP and the Universal Negro Improvement Association. By the early 20th century, blacks had made great strides in the fight for civil rights, and the nation’s laws were beginning to finally recognize the equality of all citizens, regardless of race.

Answered by Donna Parrish

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