How was the treatment of black Southerners in 1890 similar to and different from their treatment in 1850?

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There were many similarities between the way that blacks experienced life in the South during these two eras, but there are major differences as well.

The major similarity is that blacks were economically dependent on whites and were kept subordinate to them in both eras.  In 1850, blacks were explicitly dependent because they were slaves.  But the sharecropping...

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