In the year 1865, the same year the civil war ended, a man by the name of Henry Adams created a statement of his experience about what he knew about Shreveport. Adams was a so-called “freeman” yet he was threatened and also beaten up, and also claimed to see “over twelve colored men and women, beat, shot and hung between there and Shreveport.” Henry Adams was also told that him and the other colored people were not free and had seen a young woman by the age of fifteen beaten up with a stick and the next day was nearly whipped to death by the “master”. The colored people left but were followed by many white men who then shot at them and stolen Adams horse.
The white men went on to kill any more slave whom were leaving their masters. The year 1865, also the same year the civil war ended, black codes were written. Black Codes were created to laid out what freed blacks were and were not allowed to do. The black code rules said mostly what they can’t do than what they can. One of the rules were “No negro shall be permitted to rent or keep a house within the limits of the town under any circumstances.” Although white people did claim they were free negros were still under slavery. Some historians were argue that, African Americans were free during reconstruction because during the 14the amendment the constitution passes, the first African American was elected to the United States Congress. The 13th, 14th and 15th amendment were passed in order to abolish slavery and to establish the right of former slaves.
Although the 15th amendment claims “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state in the account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” The slaves may not have been free, due to black codes and by experience, but the argument did state that they were able to vote. This does not mean they were free, they had many issues still and most were killed and did not have right. Yet everyone only know abo