To What Extent Was the Federal Government Responsible for Improving the Status of Black People in the United States in the Years 1945-1964?

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To what extent was the federal Government responsible for improving the status of black people in the United States in the years 1945-1964? After the war attitudes towards racial equality had greatly changed, there were many reasons for this ultimately inevitable change. One of the largest was the hypocrisy of fighting for freedom against a Fascist country then returning home and being treated as second class citizens, despite the fact that the fourteen amendment says that all persons born in the U.S are American citizens. Another thing that led the change was the way ally countries such as Britain treated their black citizens with a lot more respect in comparison. This idea that they were dying for an ideological dream of freedom that wasn’t even extended to their homes began the attitudes of people to change and when the attitudes of people change the government has to mould to keep the people appeased. After the war there was a huge crisis facing the American Government the booming war time economy was over, many black people were fired and left unemployed. Many of the soldiers returning home were demoralized and tired of fighting for a fake representation of freedom. Harry Truman was elected President at that time and he was seen as quite a racist figure by many historians as he famously and publically joined the KKK. Despite this the changing mood surrounding civil rights inspired Truman to make a difference. Truman tried to get congress to continue funding the FEPC sadly this failed. Later in 1946 Truman established the liberal civil rights committee to secure these rights. He deliberately hired liberal people on the committee so that they would come back with the result that he wanted. They called for an anti lynching legislation, voting laws and a permanent FECP. They also called for no discrimination in interstate travel and in the armed service. This

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