There were some significant changes between Civil War and the end of World War I. Some of those changes are the influence of the Ku Klux Klan, the effect of sharecropping and industrialization.
The anger of Southern Whites after Civil War led to the rise of groups such as Ku Klux Klan and sharecropping in the South. The inventions of machines and steel led to the rise of the industrialization. When the Civil War had just ended the Ku Klux Klan started rising in the south. This group was enraged that the African Americans could not be kept as slaves anymore.
It was an attempt of southern white people to keep African Americans from gaining their rights. The Ku Klux Klan’s expressed their anger through barbarity, hurting, terrorizing and much more towards the African American community.The Ku Klux Klan was a group that would use violence against anyone who did not agree with their ideas for the south.
This group made life very difficult for all the recently freed African Americans. They were absolutely against the groups While most African Americans wanted to do fight back at the attacks of the group, Hannah Irwin, who was only twelve when the war ended feels differently. Through Hannah’s narrative we can gather that she was proud of the group after she found out that her boss was also a member. Hannah also mentions that she was not afraid of them.1 Which shows that despite the group’s violent actions, racism and terrorizing the communities the influence of the Ku Klux Klan may have varied among individuals and their circumstances. People who wanted to do reconstruction of the south were also terrorized by the Ku Klux Klan.
Members of this group believed that the group was doing nothing wrong. Henry Blake explains the influence and terrorizing of the Ku Klux Klan. He tells us that African Americans would not stay outside after dark because of the violence caused by the Ku Klux Klan.
It was clear to see that they were racist individuals, who did not want the African Americans to be free and have the rights that a citizen of America gets. They only wanted the south to have white Americans. This racism for African Americans led to the corrupt organization of sharecropping created by Southern White Americans.After being free the African Americans wanted to have their own farms and create a new life for themselves and their families in the South.
However, the people of the south did not believe in the equality of the African Americans, which made it difficult for the African Americans to find work. Thus, sharecropping was created an unprincipled system that prevented African Americans from achieving economic success and financial equality. In sharecropping the farmers which usually were African Americans would work for the Southern White land owners. The land owner gave the farmer all the necessary items such as farming equipment’s, seeds and the farmer would also receive a share of the profit and crop. However, this system did not help the African Americans, because the land owners decided how much of the profit and crop the farmers received. The African American’s did not want to work for Southern White Americans, but they did not have much of choice because they needed the money and food to survive.
The African Americans also tried renting lands from the owners, but it did not work out because the system of sharecropping just made them owe more and more money from which they could not get out off. Henry Blake describes life of an African American after being freed and the circumstances after the Civil War. Like many others his family got food and money by sharecropping. They also rented lands, however, while he and his family were treated fairly within limits, others were not necessarily treated that way.
He explains that there was not much the freed African Americans could do to gain financial stability. This is because most families including his were in constant debt. They had to follow and agree to everything the land owners would say.
The land would even get the final say in the amount of money one might owe. Additionally, he talks about how the farmers had to be good at their job to get some food. Overall, we can see that sharecropping was corrupted system that only benefited the southern land owners and not the African Americans.