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By John Hope Franklin

ISBN-10: 0826209122

ISBN-13: 9780826209122

Now on hand for the 1st time in paperback is special historian John wish Franklin's eloquent and forceful meditation at the continual disparity among the aim of racial equality in the US and the proof of discrimination. In a searing critique of Thomas Jefferson, Franklin indicates that this spokesman for democracy didn't comprise African american citizens between these "created equal." Franklin chronicles the occasions of the 19th century that solidified inequality in the United States and indicates how emancipation dealt simply with slavery, now not with inequality,In the 20th century, the USA eventually faced the truth that equality is indivisible: it must never be divided in order that it really is prolonged to a few on the fee of others. as soon as this indivisibility is permitted, Franklin fees, the US faces the huge activity of overcoming its lengthy background of inequality.Racial Equality in the US is a robust reminder that our background is greater than a checklist of idealized democratic traditions and associations. it's a dramatic message to all Ameicans, calling them to grasp their historical past and themselves.

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The view of Virginia's George Mason and his supporters prevailed, however, and the Constitution did nothing to indicate that blacks were equal to others in the enjoyment of their rights. The second point was whether blacks who were free should be treated as other free persons. In the first fifty years of the nation's history the dominant view was that they should not be. In the South free Negroes were nothing less than pariahs, while in the North they were an oppressed and underprivileged minority.

They gathered in the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial to present a ''living petition" for jobs and freedom and equality. Among the several persons who presented the cause that they espoused, it was Martin Luther King who spoke most eloquently to the point of the traditional American dream of equality. " This was merely the most recent expression of a sentiment that had been uttered, in one form or another, for more than three centuries. Each generation of Americans, from the very first handful in the seventeenth century to the hundreds of millions in the twentieth century, has sought to create a social order in which equity and justice, as Page 4 they understood it, would prevail.

In some colonies they were barred from testifying Page 21 against white persons, and in some they were taxed more heavily than whites or were prohibited from owning real estate. In dozens of other ways they suffered from legal distinctions and discriminations against them, not because they were not free but because they were not white. Thus, at the time of the Revolution it was of doubtful significance to declare that blacks, free blacks, had been created equal when already the law that was written by the Patriots or their forebears had taken away those rights with which their Creator had endowed them.

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