How Far Did the Position of African Americans Improve in the Years 1945 - 1955?

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The decade succeeding the Second World War saw both segregation and discrimination legally enforced for African-Americans. They were still living and being treated as second-class citizens, causing them also to be deprived of the rights; which impacted every aspect of their lives. In the North, their socio-economic conditions remained still very poor; leaving African-Americans to be, furthermore, categorised through the ghetto-system. Although pay in jobs was fairly low for both African-Americans and White-Americans, there was still the chance that the pay for African-Americans was still lower than that of White-Americans. Although there was evidence that unemployment had fell – many African-Americans were still unemployed. This is further evidence that there was no real improvement for the lives of African-Americans by 1955. In addition, most White-Americans still were against the idea of any form of African-American promotions within the workplace. Another factor would have been the Detroit Race Riots in 1943. A major shift in the White-Americans’ City’s demographics evoked tension between White-Americans and African-Americans. This turned out be one of the bloodiest riots in the nation’s history. This evidence from before 1945 sparked the lack of improvement for African-Americans between the years of 1945 and 1955. However, the difference between the North and the South was that in the South segregation remained, and African-Americans were barred from all cinemas, restaurants and hotels; but eating, transport and education were not segregated in the North. As a result, it is fair to say that in this aspect, in the North there was some improvement for African-Americans after 1945. The ‘Brown’ Decision in 1954 was a suit filed on behalf of third grader, Linda Brown, who longed to attend an all-white school, which was conveniently just a few blocks away from where
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