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

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

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

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.

Middle

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.

Conclusion

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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE USA 1941-80 section.

Found what you're looking for?

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

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 GCSE USA 1941-80 essays

  1. Describe the disadvantages that Black Americans faced in the early 1950's

    The majority of the kids who left their schools were illiterate because nobody had bothered to teach them how to read correctly, this meant that they couldn't get a job because of an awful education and if they couldn't get a job then there was no money to be able to afford clothes, food and housing.

  2. Describe the disadvantages that Black Americans faced in the early 1950's

    This meant that they could not afford clean and healthy living conditions; for example black people had to share outside toilets and had to walk to get running water, and couldn't afford to pay for a good education. As the education for the black pupils was of inferior quality, the

  1. Describe the disadvantages that Black Americans faced in the early 1950s

    This lead to blacks getting poor money and as a result it leads to them living in slum neighbourhoods. Black Americans schools were worse off than whites because they didn't have any supplies of equipment and the teachers weren't trained as well as the white teachers.

  2. The Disadvantages that Black Americans faced in the early 1950's.

    Children born to slaves were considered the property of their masters, and were put to work by the age of five. They could be sold to other masters away from their families at any time. Farmers became dependent upon the use of slave labour to ensure their profitability.

  1. To what extent did the position of the black population improve between 1940 and ...

    However occasionally black men were given promotions above white people which are the basis of the racial tension between the blacks and whites apart from skin colour that is. A prime example of this was in 1943 when a black man earned a promotion and some white men walked out

  2. Describe the disadvantages that Black Americans faced in the early 1950's.

    restaurants, they could not sit next to a White person on a bus and always had to give up their seat to a White person if they were on the bus. Also as I will explain in more detail later on in the essay, Black children could not go to

  1. In What Ways Were The Lives of Africans changed by the Policy of Apartheid ...

    The definitions of communism and of the objects of communism were very minor road and included any activity supposedly promoting disturbances or disorder; promoting industrial, social, political, or economic change in South Africa; and encouraging unfriendliness between whites and nonwhites so as to promote change or rebellion.

  2. Describe the disadvantages that black Americans faced in the early 50's.

    Education was hard to come by for blacks, which angered them further, but because of racist views from the public and many southern local councils, the way to fight for funding in these schools, being able to vote in elections for a councillor for black rights was not accepted, they were simply not able to do it.

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