Freedom Summer comparisons with Era of Reconstruction
With the end of the Civil war, many blacks felt that they would start reaping the benefits that had been denied from them for years. Being able to vote, own land, have a voice in political affairs were all goals that they felt were reachable. The era of Reconstruction was the "miracle" they had been searching for. But the South wasn't going down without a fight and blacks would have to wait at least 100 years for Freedom Summer to arrive to receive the "miracle" they wanted. 100 years it took for equality to become more than just a word but a way of life for blacks. But they did enjoy some privileges that weren't available to them.
Voting is one thing that was still around
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But if these actions involved a white man getting hurt or killed for supporting the black community, that's when the government stepped in to put and end to it. The KKK killed hundreds of blacks and destroyed many more lives and the government did nothing. It wasn't until whites ending up on the death toll that the government decided that enough was enough. 100 years later during Freedom Summer not much had changed. Blacks were still being treated the same. It wasn't until white supporters joined the movement that America and the government began to take notice. Document 5 has a list of news reports on the incidents of Freedom Summer. Some of these reports portray civil leaders as being pessimistic. One article from the Chicago Daily News has some of these civil leaders telling students that they "should expect beating, going to jail, and the possibility of death." Even when it came to reporting death, the racism still was strong. When President Lyndon B Johnson ordered a manhunt for three missing civil rights workers in Mississippi, the Senator, James O Eastland, stated that the disappearance was a hoax. When they found the bodies the article reported that the two white bodies were identified and that the third probably belonged to the black guy. Probably? The description was two white males and one black male. If you found and identified the two white