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The Civil War, Reconstruction and Jim Crow 1861–1900 | 27 Key date (iii) How and why black voting was stopped by the 1890s Mississippi successfully introduced income and literacy qualiﬁcations that stopped blacks voting: 1890 Key question Did blacks gain social equality during Reconstruction? Although slavery had been abolished, Southerners still believed in the arguments that had justiﬁed it. Southern whites, frightened and resentful of the supposedly racially inferior blacks, depicted Reconstruction as an era of black rule, rape, murder and arson.
Summary diagram: Blacks’ response to their deteriorating situation Black Response 1 – Co-operate with any willing whites Black Response 2 – Migrate North or West 1877 onwards: worsening situation Black Response 3 – Political protest Key question Key terms What was the situation of nonwhites in 1900? De jure Legal, in law. De facto In fact if not in law. Black Response 4 – Accommodationism 6 | American Race Relations in 1900: Summary The USA thus entered the twentieth century with multiple racial problems.
Wells was born into slavery during the Civil War, but her carpenter father prospered with freedom and sent her to Rust University, one of many schools established by Northern Methodists. Rust taught elementary, high school and trainee teacher pupils. Wells’ independence and aggressive personality caused the college’s white president to expel her. Nevertheless, she became a teacher, living and working in Memphis, Tennessee, after 1881. Key date (ii) Teaching Memphis’s black population had rocketed from 3500 in 1860 to over 16,000 in 1865, which worried Memphis whites.