The period after the civil war is one of the most shameful in American history. The government handed out 40 acres and a mule to each black family. Then, after the land was productive again, they welshed on the deal and snatched the land back. They passed a civil rights act, then the supreme court declared it unconstitutional. Blacks, by law were only permitted to work picking cotton as field hands. They were required to sign contracts to bond them to plantation owners. They could not leave. They were whipped as is the old days. It was barely any different from slavery. If they were unemployed, they were sold into slavery. The Ku Klux Klan was allowed to murder blacks at will without interference. By 1900 all the gains in civil rights had been taken away.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)