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Describe the disadvantages faced by black Americans in the early 1950s?

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Describe the disadvantages faced by black Americans in the early 1950s? Before the civil war 95% of all black Americans were slaves, after the war in 1865 slavery was abolished and the fourteenth amendment made black people full U.S citizens instead of three fifths of a person however in this essay I will prove that America especially in southern state's was racist with education, political, economic and social issue's. Segregation had been in place since 1877 when the Jim Crow laws were made in the south. Segregation was a form of separating black and white people with signs in buses, restaurants, toilets and even going to the extent of labeling water fountains only black or only white, it was a extreme disadvantage as segregation was in white peoples favor and made black Americans feel inferior or lower than whites. In 1951 segregation was enforced in schools and a black girl called Linda Brown had to walk a mile to school because the nearest school only 7 blocks away was an only white school her dad tried to enroll her in the white only school , the principal refused here a place. ...read more.

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In 1950s Mississippi only 5% out of its 45% African American population voted, there are many reasons for this the main one was economically you could lose your job and lynching and beatings were a common occurrence as the state led the nation in beatings , disappearances and lynching of African Americans. A boy named Emmet Til Til was only 14 when he was shot and beaten in 1955 for whistling at a white woman, his vicious murder illustrates how the rest of the world did not know about the disadvantages of black Americans even to the extent of the people that killed Emmet walking free from the courts. Black Americans were often unable to break out of the cycle of poverty so they migrated north were segregation was not so obvious and more jobs were available as you could share transport and eating facilities which does not sound like much but was a big change from the highly segregated southern states. ...read more.

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The ku klux klan started up in 1865 in the southern states where they would sometimes even go to the extent of killing black Americans, the murderous crimes mostly went unnoticed by the law as some policemen and Judges attended these racist meetings this was a major disadvantage during the civil rights movement. The people at these meetings were very cowardly as they would not show their evil faces they were hidden behind huge white robes. Finally the 1950s had over 70 years of segregation and people are starting to stand up and make a change with the law like the bus boycott and the brown vs. board education case. The law is a very hard thing to change and the civil rights movement goes beyond the 1950s with the disadvantages being tackled. I believe the disadvantages to all are racist and to find a vicious circle of a poor education, poor job which leads to poor housing in my opinion the 1950s were a jump start to an equal America. ...read more.

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