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This paper discusses the contribution that the black population has made to America, pointing out that a black-free America would not be a Utopian state as some might suggest. It goes on to state that while the United States continues to struggle with racial problems, the country would not be recognizable as America if there were no black people in it.
From the Paper:''Furthermore, although the Civil War ended institutionalized slavery, slavery was rapidly replaced by a system of sharecropping, which worked much like feudalism in Europe, and helped bolster the emerging middle class in the American south. Not that the economic impact of a black underclass was limited to the American south. Even before the Civil War, free blacks populated every state in the nation. These free blacks may not have been enslaved and theoretically could attain financial security, but many of them were consigned to service roles in society. Thus, these service-relegated people helped make life easier for other Americans, raising the American standard of living. Even today, modern Americans enjoy one of the highest qualities of life in the world. This is true regardless of the social status of Americans, because America is an incredibly wealthy country. That standard of living could not have developed without having an established lower-class, from which there was no escape. In a country that prized freedom and the idea of the economic and political freedom of individuals, it may have been impossible to impose lower-class status upon any group capably of freely mixing with the surrounding society within a generation or two. For example, while anti-Irish prejudice was extreme, this prejudice did not have to impact second-generation Irish immigrants, who were no longer marked by an Irish accent and could, if they so desired, discard their cultural heritage and assimilate into the rest of American society. Blacks had no such luxury, being marked as outsiders by the color of their skin, and, therefore, served the perfect role as the lowest class in the informal caste-based social class system that marked much of America's early history."
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- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 42 U.S.C.S. 2000e et seq.
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