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

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How far did the position of Black Americans improve in the years 1945-1955? The position of Black Americans from 1945-1955 changed a lot throughout these years, and mainly for the better, particularly in social and economical areas. Although there were occasional setbacks in some areas, such as politically, overall their position was vastly improved. In this essay I’ll be discussing the different areas in which Black Americans improved their position in and some areas in which they continued to struggle in. Firstly the economic improvements made by Black Americans were hugely significant, many African Americans had exceptionally low paying farming jobs that barely supported a decent standard of living. However when The Second World…show more content…
The report was called ‘To Secure These Rights’ and it revealed many problems that African Americans were facing and Truman strived to solve these problems. The report only really revealed what everyone already knew, that Black Americans were still not being treated as first class citizens but it was almost an unspoken thing that people didn’t bother to do anything about. Even though ‘To Secure These Rights’ set out suggestions for people to start putting into everyday life such as the police forces should start protecting black citizens, it just wasn’t going to work because they were all exceptionally racist and so set in their ways it was difficult to bring about proper change. Overall, Truman had the right mindset for wanting to challenge the segregation and racism that was going on at the time but he lacked funding and support from companies and fellow people, but he did help Black Americans progress forward to a less segregated and racist country. Another important event in the political side of things was the Brown Vs. Topeka case in 1954. The case was taken to the Supreme Court in 1952 and it was supported by the NAACP. It was about a girl called Linda Brown and the fact that she had to take a much longer journey to the ‘black school’ when there was a ‘white school’ that was closer. The outcome of this case was that psychological tests were done and it demonstrated
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