Investigate the overwhelming struggle that African Americans encountered between the late 1860s and the 1930s as they tried to secure rights that had been granted them by the 14th & 15th amendments to the U.S Constitution.
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During this time, African Americans faced many obstacles.
These obstacles started to arise during Reconstruction. At that point, many whites in the South were trying to get rid of the Reconstruction governments and to deprive African Americans of their rights. This was done in part through such organizations as the KKK.
In 1877, Reconstruction ended. It was soon followed by the Jim Crow era. During this time, African Americans were segregated from whites in public accommodations. It was also during this time that Southern states started using things like literacy tests and poll taxes to prevent African Americans from voting.
In the early 1900s, these problems continued. However, they were joined by a rise in lynching. This was the extradjudicial execution of African Americans suspected of crimes or simply of acting in ways that were seen by whites as inappropriate. All of these were part of the overwhelming forces against which African Americans had to struggle during these years.
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