The Context of Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison Essay

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The Context of Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Civil Rights began with the ending of the American Civil war. In September of 1862 President Abraham Lincoln freed all slaves in the United States when he issued the Emancipation Proclamation. “This action had little immediate effect, since it was impossible for the Federal government to implement it in those regions where it actually applied--namely the states in rebellion that were not under Federal control.”[1] This proclamation was far from a solution to the unequal treatment of African Americans. There were a set of laws called the Jim Crow laws that prevented African-Americans from having many of the pleasures of freedom. The term “Jim Crow” was coined in the
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In 1866, the Civil Rights Act was passed and it “declared that all persons born in the United States were now citizens, without regard to race, color, or previous condition. As citizens they could make and enforce contracts, sue and be sued, give evidence in court, and inherit, purchase, lease, sell, hold, and convey real and personal property.”[5] Injustices other than these types of legal matters (such as access to public facilities) went unaddressed and therefore continued to happen across the country.

A second Civil Rights Act was passed in 1875. This addressed those matters of public freedom. It said “all persons, regardless of race, color, or previous condition, w[ere] entitled to full and equal employment of accommodation in "inns, public conveyances on land or water, theaters, and other places of public amusement."[6] But it never took effect. By 1883 it was declared unconstitutional and did not have to be followed. This racist sentiment was perpetuated by a newly formed cult.

Groups such as the KKK (Klu Klux Klan) had been developing and gaining membership. This group as well as other racists set out to ensure that African Americans did not gain equal rights to whites. The KKK was involved in lynching and various other types of hate crimes.

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