@gallagherfiona17_557 That was a great thesis. Nice usage of categories such that you can support them later with specific evidence. Plus, you set yourself up for complexity!
Lives of African Americans in the United States from 1840 to 1880 changed to great extent as African Americans eventually gained their freedom through the fighting of the Civil War. Although, the idea of slavery during this time period was dissolved segregation still remained a major part of African American lives.
African-Americans have pretty much always, to some extent, been abused by their lighter-skinned counterparts. However, during the mid- to late-1800s, this mistreatment had the appearance of a bell curve. In this period, African-American life greatly improved during the Reconstruction Era, then dramatically worsened after the Compromise of 1877 due to many factors including a decrease in the influence of the Radical Republicans, the end of martial law in the South and the enfranchisement of Confederate veterans.
The lives of African Americans changed in the United States from 1840 to 1880 to the extent that although slavery was abolished, the South was able to subjugate blacks to further oppression through loopholes in the amendments of Reconstruction, thus limiting their autonomy and freedom.
@elijahcockey_59200: make sure that you’re not getting too specific during the thesis. Save evidence like “Radical Republicans” and the “Compromise of 1877” for later in your thesis. You want to use categories and then add direction or magnitude: talk about how AA gained and lost economic status on their agricultural farms even as they gained political rights and participation on a national level. Something like that. Also see other theses submitted to this thread.
Between 1840 and 1880 the lives of African Americans was supposed to get better, due to the civil war and illegalization of slavery. However after Reconstruction ended in 1877 white southern land owners continued to find loopholes to opress African Americans that wasn’t technically slavery, like sharecropping and literacy tests.