Struggle for equality for African Americans, women and immigrants

Struggle for equality for African Americans, women and immigrants

Immigrants from other parts of the world had migrated to the United States either willingly or unwillingly. The women and the children were the most affected by the challenges that the immigrants faced in the foreign land. There were various forms of discrimination of immigrants, and the immigrants were discriminated because of their country of origin and color of their skin. The African American that was in the United States had migrated through the slave trade that was happening in different parts of the world. The torture that the immigrants made them to start the struggle for equality in which they wanted to have equal rights with their oppressors that treated them as if they were an outcast in the society.

The challenges that the African Americans were facing are the same challenges that other communities were facing in terms of torture and discrimination from their former masters. The immigrants were denied their rights and freedoms and poorly treated by being denied their rights. The struggle for equality experienced a lot of chaos (Boris & Vapnek, 2018). The immigrants used every weapon that they could find to defend themselves whenever they were confronted with challenges that made their lives difficult. The immigrants began to fight for their rights in 1865 where the Native Americans were fighting for plantations among themselves, and some passed a law to abolish the slave trade in order to make the lives of the plantation owners difficult. The slaves that were working on the plantations took advantage of the situation to free themselves.

There were divisions among the political class where some opposed the slave trade, and others supported it. Those who opposed the slave trade did so because they believed that people are equal; therefore the slaves also deserved to have equal opportunities as their masters had (Kawashima, 2017). When it comes to getting social services from the state all the immigrants whether African American, women and immigrants from other parts of the world. President Thaddeus Stevens is among the politicians who were against the oppression of the immigrants.

The similarity between women, African American, and other immigrants is that they all faced similar challenges. The significant similarity is that they all foreigners in terms of their motherland; hence they were treated as visitors (Kawashima, 2017). The immigrants were treated the same regardless of where they come from whether they were slaves or not. The immigrants were fighting for their rights as a team because they knew that fighting independently. The oppression of the immigrants continued for a couple of years, and the immigrants kept fighting for equality of all people regardless of their race and their gender.

The immigrants also wanted to be integrated into a society where people would join the community and participate in the development of the country. They believed that they had a role to play in the development of the country (Kawashima, 2017). The Native Americans, on the other hand, believed that they had the right of all the activities and resources used in the country and they were not willing to give them away. The conflict between the locals and the immigrants was because of resource and opportunities that were available.


Boris, E., & Vapnek, L. (2018). Women’s Labors in Industrial and Postindustrial America. In The Oxford Handbook of American Women’s and Gender History (p. 171). Oxford University Press.

Kawashima, M. (2017). American History, Race and the Struggle for Equality. Springer Singapore: