New Treasure 2 Read A Change Comes to America
The United States is often called the land ( )
freedom. In 2008, that freedom was used to ( )
( ) a major change. Barack Obama was elected the
44th President ( ) the United States of America
and the first African-American President ( ) American
( ) January 20, 2009, more than 1.8 million people
gathered ( ) Washington D.C. ( )
a speech ( ) the new President. He spoke about
problems ( ) ( ) war and
the economy, and the work that needed ( ) ( )
( ). After his reelection in 2012, he ( )
all Americans ( ) bring the “precious light
of freedom” ( ) the future was uncertain.
American slaves were freed ( ) the Civil War in
1865, and the government made new laws. The slaves gained ( )
( ) their freedom ( ) (
) civil rights. However, the people ( )
wanted to keep slaves did not want to accept these new laws. In the southern
states ( ) ( ) Georgia,
Alabama and Mississippi, state laws were made to ( )
“black” Americans ( )”white” Americans.
In these states, when black people wanted to use a public toilet, swim
in a public swimming pool, drink from a fountain, ride on a bus or train,
( ) eat at a restaurant, they had to go to areas
( ) ( ) white people’s
areas. Black people were not allowed to go ( )
the white people’s areas.
Black Americans were also given the right ( ) vote after the Civil war. But ( ) ( ), they had ( ) chance of voting because the governments in the southern states made new rules ( ) voting. They had to take difficult tests and pay money ( ) ( ) ( ) vote. Black Americans had to ( ) ( ) ( ) these unfair conditions even after World War II. Many white people still wondered why black people should be able to mix ( ) white people.