In the years before Jackie Robinson was a household name, America was not the same place that was

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In the years before Jackie Robinson was a household name, America was not the same place that was created after he was the first black man on a professional roster. There were Jim Crow laws, “separate but equal.” Who ever the facilities that were for the whites were far superior to the facilities that the blacks were to use. This was an all do often occurrence. On a different note, the United States entered in World War II after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Even in the armed forces there was segregation. The army put colored enlistees in separate “black” infantry regiments and assigned white commanders to them. The Navy segregated black units and gave them the most menial jobs in the ships. At first, the Marines did not even accept…show more content…
This caused an intensification of the black migration that began around the turn of the century. The black migration was the movement of blacks from southern farms to large cities in the North, such as Chicago and New York, more specifically Harlem. Life of a black citizen in American before blacks were seen as equal to all races was horrible. It didn’t matter who you were or what you did, if you were black you were subject to segregation, racism, harassment, disrespect, the list could go on and on. As previously mentioned, many states had Jim Crow laws on their books; here is a better explanation of the Jim Crow laws. These laws forbade African-Americans and white to interact with one another in many different settings. Example being; black and white kids went to different schools. Also in a lot of areas, blacks and whites had different Laundromats and drinking fountains, as well as other common things like those. Blacks had to sit at the back of busses. Another thing is blacks and whites were not permitted to marry. When it came to civil rights in the 1940’s, whites and blacks basically had separate rights. If a white man and a black man applied for the same job, the white man would get it more often than the black man usually just because he was white. Legally employers could refuse

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