HW 3-13

So, what will "equality" mean after the Civil War?

In the years following the Civil War, the United States had to determine what freedom and citizenship were going to mean for African Americans. Below are links to three documents that had a significant impact in defining the status of Africa Americans. 


The Civil Rights Act of 1875

The U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision in Civil Rights Cases in 1883

The U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision in Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896


Reading: Carefully read and analyze each of these three primary source documents. Additionally, it will help greatly if you also read secondary sources that provide you with interpretations and background information on each of these two documents. 

Writing: Based on your study of these three documents, in no more than two (2) pages prepare written answers to the following questions.

  • What ‘rights’ did the Civil Rights Act of 1875 grant to African Americans, and why did the US Supreme Court in 1883 rule that Civil Rights Act to be unconstitutional? 
  • What ruling did the U.S. Supreme Court issue in the case of Plessy v. Ferguson, and what reasons did it offer to support its ruling?

You will submit your written answers in our next class, and this will be the 10th Homework Brief in the term.