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Essay On African Americans During The Great Depression

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Every group of Americans was affected by the Great Depression; however, African-Americans experienced the worst brunt of the blows. By 1932, more than half of African-Americans were unemployed. Discrimination also was visible in policies aimed to give relief during the Depression. Lastly, racial violence again became more common, especially in the South with no repercussions for committers of such violence. Before the Depression, Americans prospered during the roaring twenties. This was an exuberant era in which traditional values made way for new morals. The 20s were known for the freewheeling spirits of the flapper, new dances like the Charleston, and new and legendary literary writers. Subsequently, “the Works Progress Administration enabled ‘fantastic’ new opportunities for black performers, artists, and writers to mobilize the popular front as an anodyne to the economic hardships of the 1930s,” (Johnson 354). African Americans migrated to the North in great numbers. In the beginning of the 1900s, more than 6 million African Americans relocated from the rural south to the urban north (History.com Staff). There were many industrial jobs available and factory workers were in search of cheap labor, but unfortunately African Americans were not welcomed with open arms. The Northern justice systems did not favor African American rights and they were in no rush to enforce these rights. The prejudice spirit was thick between the blacks and whites. White laborers blamed blacks

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