Posted: February 15th, 2023
The Reconstruction period saw some success for black Americans, as many newly emancipated slaves were able to take advantage of voting opportunities that had not previously been available to them. However, these advances were often shortlived due to staunchly racist state governments enacting discriminatory policies such as literacy tests and poll taxes that were designed specifically to keep blacks from participating in elections. The Ku Klux Klan also terrorized those who attempted to exercise their right to vote with lynchings, bombings, arson attacks and other forms of intimidation throughout this period.
Over subsequent decades more progress was made with congressional passage of two landmark pieces legislation; namely The Civil Rights Act (1964) which provided equal access employment opportunities regardless race or gender while outlawing segregation on public accommodation sites like restaurants; followed by The Voting Right Act (1965) guaranteeing all citizens over 18 years old unrestricted access voting booths based solely upon citizenship status rather than racial identity… Unfortunately despite these successes there remain many areas where systemic racism persists even today – whether its educational inequality perpetuated through gerrymandering or mass incarceration disproportionately targeting minority communities – highlighting just how much further still has go before true equality can truly be achieved between races…. As such it remains paramount priority amongst both current generations social justice movements continue march forward securing greater freedoms each day while fighting against any form backlash may come our way future
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