The thesis statement for this essay will probably be three for four sentences. One or two sentences will explain how African-American workers transformed before and after the Civil War. One or two sentences will explain how white supremacist violence transformed before and after the Civil War. A transition between the two "halves" of the thesis statement might say, "at the same time," or, "simultaneously."
African American workers transformed from ___________ to ____________ before and after the Civil War. At the same time (simultaneously), white supremacist violence also transformed from _____ to _______. These two transformations help us understand ____________________________.