How far do you agree that the impact of WW2 was the reason why the position of black Americans improved 1945-55? WW2 changed the civil rights for black Americans extremely quickly with many black Americans fighting in the war. This lead too many people actually respecting black Americans and helped them gain rights. With 1.2 million black Americans fighting for America against the fascists of Germany they realised that even though they were fighting for equality they didn’t even have this in their own country. This therefore questioned the double V campaign as it was supposed to be a victory at home as well as at war but without equality then this would not be possible.
"Explain how freedoms for African Americans were socially, politically, and economically limited from 1865 to 1900?” Socially, blacks were subjected to segregation and discrimination. Segregation wasn’t really a large problem to them, however, as they were more interested in forming a black community rather than integrating with the whites. However, I mean, it is still pretty awful to be treated like you’re not a being worthy enough to drink out of the same water fountain or attend the same school based on skin color. Blacks were subjected to many dehumanizing things socially speaking. Oh, and lets not forget the KKK (if that falls into this category; I think it does) who harassed, intimidated, and killed black people.
They were both educated black men but came from very different social backgrounds. Washington was a freed slave from the south, while du Bois was born free in the North. They were the two men who gained the most recognition during this time for their work for civil rights, but they both have very different aims. Washington knew that total equality was too optimistic and had no realistic chance of succeeding at this time. He favoured the approach of ‘Accommodation’ where he accepted that blacks and
How far is it accurate to describe black Americans as second class citizens in the years 1945-55?  During this time period it is rational to see the Black American community as second class citizens. Despite the fact America was making changes, particularly in the Northern states in order to make America a place of equality, there were still issues that caused the disenfranchisement of the Black community. The North and the south couldn’t have been further apart on the matter of fairness. As in the North segregation was almost none existent so racial etiquette was more flexible than in the South where legal segregation, caused by the Jim Crow law was very much everywhere, which means that in the South, Black Americans could be seen as second class citizens.
Wilson argues that race was becoming less and less important in predicting the economic possibilities for well-educated African Americans. Since the black-led Civil Rights movement had been victorious in removing many racial barriers that made nearly impossible for well trained African Americans to gain access to appropriate educational and occupational opportunities. Wilson believed that this opened access that was unprecedented in the racial stratification system in the United States and that it would result in a noteworthy change and lasting gains for African American families with a quality amount of educational attainment. Research has only partially supported Wilson’s optimism. Yes blacks did experience significant educational and occupational gains during the 1970’s, their upward mobility has since tapered off, notably in the 1980’s and 1990’s.
Many proposed the end of racial segregation and the Jim Crow laws that limited their social rights like the Black Codes did. State laws that violated the 15th amendment, which promises that the right to vote cannot be denied on the basis of race, color or previous condition of servitude, were removed and the federal government response to the Ku Klux Klan’s violence were effective in diminishing he clan’s actions against African Americans. Better job opportunities were present up north, causing many to join the Great Migration to the northern states. The African American community continues to fight against racial segregation and discrimination to live a life of equal rights and
The Second World War is a significant event in history. I believe that it made a small amount of difference to the lives of black Americans; it was able to change some of the attitudes of white Americans; it helped influence the passing of the Fair Employment Practices Commission (1941) and also helped reduce the unemployment figures of black Americans. Although it made a substational difference, things were still not perfect. Black Americans were still targeted by extremist members of the Ku Klux Klan and they were still treated as second-class citizens. In this essay, I will analyze the ways lives changed for black Americans after the Second World War, as well as this I will look at the ways they may not have changed.
Washington focused on having education for real life jobs and not asking for equality from the whites. He just focused on getting help from the whites and accepting their place as blacks on earth. W.E.B Dubois focused on the exact opposite things that of Booker T. Washington. Dubois focused on a strategy called the gradualist political strategy. The gradualist political strategy tells that Dubois was very focused on blacks being book smart to get anywhere in life.
Prior to the 1960’s, racial segregation was the norm, with the “separate but equal” statement hanging loosely over America. However, during the 1960’s, a student-driven young civil rights movement flourished. This movement was facilitated by the strength of the NAACP, SNCC, and the SCLC; key civil rights groups that helped break the grasp of segregation. Key leaders such as Dr. King, whose goal was to simply integrate all races through peace and nonviolence helped further this goal. On the other hand, there were also black groups that favored separatism over integration, such as the Black Panthers and the Black Muslims and even the SNCC and CORE eventually began to promote ‘Black Power’, an ideal of black individualism.
While both these men were both great in their own rights, Dubois had things that Washington didn’t. The three most important things that Dubois had that Washington did not were that he was vocal, an accomplished writer, and a very educated man during this time. Through these things Dubois was able to express his views about segregation. While Booker T. Washington’s theories were accepted by some blacks, W.E.B. Dubois’ approach towards segregation and Jim Crow Laws were more effective in the black community.