One act ended in failure, the Native Americans

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Last updated: May 27, 2019

One way the restrictions and beliefs shaped the latter halfof the 1800’s is Native Americans were only able to obtain citizenship byaccepting the terms of the Dawes Act and were considered “Wards of the Government,”the craziest part of this is that Native Americans made up about 2/3 of thepopulation at this time as well, yet couldn’t become citizens of their owncountry. The late 1800’s also determined who was and who was not allowed tovote. In the late 1800’s, 1870 to be exact, a ratification to the 15thamendment allowed African American males to vote, however African Americanfemales still were not granted that right.  Even with some of the African American populationallowed to vote they still faced heavy segregation from the Jim Crow laws.

Actually, by this time no women at all had gained the right to vote simplybecause they were women, women were even banned from most professions.Mychosen group of immigrants was greatly impacted by this in positive andnegative ways. One of the best ways the Homestead Act that allowed any settlerto who lived on land for 5 years and improved that land got that land for free!This allowed immigrants with little to no money to get a fresh start for free,they just had to work very hard at it. Unfortunately, the immigrants started tobelieve that the Native Americans needed to assimilate to their ways and that’swhere the Dawes Act comes into play. This semi forced the Native Americans tocooperate or get out type of thing, which of course is never the answer.

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Now ofcourse this act ended in failure, the Native Americans wanted no part of this,go figure. The segregation the white felt they required caused manydifficulties in the years to come. Thanks to the constant flow of immigrants a change in theworkforce was made. The National Labor Union was created and that only lastedfrom 1866-1873. This organization fought to unite all existing trade unions andpolitical activists that wanted 8 hour work days. This led to the Knights ofLabor act and this fought to include everyone, even those with little to noskills, except Chinese immigrants because of fear. Lastly, those organizationsled to the creation of the American Federation of Labor, which led to acollective bargaining agreement that helped give immigrants and other workersbetter wages, hours and even better working conditions.

Thanks to the constant flow of immigrants a change in theworkforce was made. The National Labor Union was created and that only lastedfrom 1866-1873. This organization fought to unite all existing trade unions andpolitical activists that wanted 8 hour work days. This led to the Knights ofLabor act and this fought to include everyone, even those with little to noskills, except Chinese immigrants because of fear.

Lastly, those organizationsled to the creation of the American Federation of Labor, which led to acollective bargaining agreement that helped give immigrants and other workersbetter wages, hours and even better working conditions.Barnes, L. & Bowles, M. (2015).The American story:Perspectives and encounters from 1877.

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