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The summer of 1943 found the United States embroiled in the worst war in world history and the industrial might of Detroit was playing an integral part in winning it.
Common during times of war, domestic hatreds and tensions grip entire communities, bringing out the best and worst even among allies.
With the final withdrawal of Union troops in 1877, Reconstruction had come to an abrupt end, as did the hopes and aspirations of free Southern blacks.
The Democratic Party, in those days referred to as the party of white supremacy, slowly returned to power throughout the South.
President Andrew Johnson later nullified this and ordered the lands returned to their former owners.
Johnson’s version of Reconstruction was much different than Lincoln’s.
Because Reconstruction was such an abysmal failure, we would have to do it all over again in the 1950s and ‘60s.
It was a white man dressed in blackface performing a mocking rendition about black life. In post Civil War days Jim Crow came to refer to local laws and customs designed to enforce segregation and prevent blacks from gaining any political, social or economic power.