• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Why was Progress for Racial Equality so slow in the years 1945-1955?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Why was Progress for Racial Equality so slow in the years 1945-1955? Any progress for racial equality during the period of 1945-1955 faced a series of problems, both through the Government and legal means and the American public, slowing down and limiting its affect overall during this time period. Any effect of measures for racial equality were also limited for the same reasons, making the development of racial equality on the whole incredibly slow. Presidents of America during this time period played their own part in slowing down progress. Truman (1945-53) in principle may not have been racist man that does not mean however that his stance on civil rights was in favour of racial equality. His attitude towards their plight was seemingly ignorant and his own awareness for his need for the southern vote made him wary to bring about change. His committee on civil rights in 1946 outlined only basic requirements for all Americans but even that failed to pass congress. Eisenhower (1953-61) contributed to the progress of racial equality during this period even less. His intervention in the state of Arkansas on the issue of Little Rock can be seen as progress as Federal Government interfered with states on the issue ...read more.

Middle

Progress for racial equality didn't just come through the courts or the intervention of Government, the opinion of the American public was very important during this time, not only because changing public opinion helped with racial equality but also because racist public opinion was something slowing down and stopping racial equality during these years. Even if white Americans were becoming aware of black equality (through the use of television, the car and overall public opinion regarding human rights) and this level publicity for the cause helped, white racist opinion resistant to change in the south was becoming more prominent in the post war years. A strong anti-communist feeling after the war also added to the resistant of civil rights protesters and they were often unfairly linked, resulting, in some cases, heavy resistance to NAACP activities, slowing down progress of individual civil rights groups such as the NAACP and Scope. Fear as an issue itself was a very major obstacle in the way of racial equality and it showed itself to be highly versatile in slowing or even stopping progress in most areas. As well as politicians and the federal Government fearing the loss of voters on the issue of civil rights, black Americans themselves were often fearful of farthing the progress, participating or even registering to vote. ...read more.

Conclusion

But even with a case such as this progress was extremely slow, the period itself from when the petition was initially signed to when it came to the Supreme Court was drawn out for years. The outcome of the case didn't mean, however, that the problem was then solved and that the progress, however slow, helped massively during the years 1945-1955. The process of desegregation was not only then faced by white racists protesting against but also an unwillingness of black population mainly due to fear for blacks to attempt to even follow this ruling, slowing down the actual affect this law had on racial equality and its overall progress. To summarise any one problem which as more significant throughout this period in slowing down the process of racial equality isn't to say that just one issue was more important than any other but to show how the presence of fear at every stage of the campaign for racial equality was present and having the biggest detrimental affect. This problem of fear throughout the years 1945-1955 in not only present every stage of advancement (courts, government, politicians) but also can be seen as the most prominent problem in slowing down the process, then in turn progress, of racial equality. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level History of the USA, 1840-1968 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Here's what a teacher thought of this essay

4 star(s)

This is a good answer that focused well on the question throughout and shows a strong understanding of what slowed progress. The conclusion and introduction could both be improved.

Marked by teacher Natalya Luck 10/04/2013

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level History of the USA, 1840-1968 essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Assess the significance of the role of individuals in reducing racial discrimination in the ...

    5 star(s)

    Another individual which had little short term significance in reducing racial discrimination was Marcus Garvey, who unlike Du Bois and Washington believed that blacks and whites could not co-exist and they should be separate, he held the belief that African Americans had to start their own nation in order to advance.

  2. Peer reviewed

    Assess the view that the Supreme Court was the most important branch of federal ...

    4 star(s)

    This slight movement towards acceptance of the black community did not receive any further pushing from Herbert Hoover, however. His attempt to appoint a judge who was known to be racist to the Supreme Court was successfully opposed by the NAACP, but as President, his views were well known, and he was certainly no friend to the movement.

  1. Peer reviewed

    The New Deal USA

    4 star(s)

    and 1,000 airports. It is evident that Roosevelt did provide new jobs during the 1930s, but he only gave "enough help...to enough people" to gain him credit as seen in Source A.

  2. The question that will be investigated is, to what extent was the case of ...

    As a result, they claim that "Still, 50 years after the Supreme Court's ruling, African Americans are still proportionately underrepresented in these institutions."12 The Leadership Conference Education Fund, on the other hand, believed that the civil rights movement was helped, and in turn the ineffectiveness of Brown was caused by

  1. Immigration to the USA - write a letter home from a new immigrant

    It was a miracle for those of us who had survived the awful journey to see there distant city filled with hopes and dreams of a new life. Sadly, many of us did not realize that the hardest part was yet to come.

  2. Explain the factors that caused Progressivism in the USA.

    Furthermore, the Progressive Movement wanted the government to focus on the social issues related to fair wages and safe working conditions. Legislation outlawing child labor, limits on working hours, and a minimum wage for working women. Some progressives thought that prohibition was a solution to ?Americans problems.? It was a major reform movement from the 1840s into the 1920s.

  1. The Debate over African American troops in the Civil War.

    For if the Blacks are able to fight for American freedom they most certainly deserve their own. If blacks were given the right to fight in war, some argued it would be difficult to fight alongside them, since certain whites believed they were the cause of the war.

  2. Two legal codes that have influenced the U.S are The code of Hammurabi and ...

    The Babylonians understood the need for honesty by all parties in a trial and for court officers to be free of corruption so that the justice system could function effectively. Hammurabi?s Code serves as a window into the prevailing values of ancient Babylon.? These laws are not to different from our own and even form some parts of our law.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work