How Far Do You Agree That the Years 1945-55 Saw Only Limited Progress in Improving the Status of African-Americans?

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During the year 1945-55 there was limited progress in improving the status of African-Americans because of segregation, limited education, money, the law and voting rights. Segregation was seen in all walks of life during this period, including the Army. African-Americans were not treated equally due to the Plessy v. Ferguson and Cunningham v. The Board of Education ruling of Separate But Equal. This meant that segregation was not seen as unconstitutional if the segregated areas are equal. All of this was put in place to ensure that it was incredibly difficult for African-Americans to improve their status. However, in 1947 President Truman released 'To Secure These Rights' which outlined the basic rights of all American citizens. This included jobs, homes, education, anti-lynching and voting rights but no legislation followed so there was very little impact. Despite this, Truman issued an executive order which ended discrimination in the Armed Forces which to an extent improved the status of African-Americans. Education was also a big factor resulting in limited progress of improving the status of African-Americans because they consistently received a lower standard of education. As mentioned earlier this was a result of the Separate But Equal doctrine of Plessy v. Ferguson and Cunningham v. The Board of Education. Although, clearly stated in the doctrine it was far from equal, the white schools received more funding, better teachers and superior facilities than the schools for black children. This limited the status of African-Americans as they were never taught to the standard that was acceptable to go to university meaning that they could not go on to get a career in a highly skilled job. However, Sweet v. Painter in 1950 demonstrated that Separate But Equal was not being applied correctly but it was not until Brown v. Board of Education, Topeka in 1954 that
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