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

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History Coursework: Question 1 Describe the disadvantages that Black Americans faced in the early 1950's. During the early 1950's in America, there was very much a mixed set up for White Americans and Black Americans. White Americans enjoyed a boom in their profits and their wages and were able to live in the largest houses in the suburbs with modern luxuries such as fitted kitchens, refrigerators, TV's and washing machines. It was a totally different story for the Black Americans as they did not benefit at all from the 'after war boom' that gripped America and they remained the underclass in society. The average income for a White family in 1950 was almost double that of what the average Black family earned. This meant that Black Americans were on government benefits more and so were unable to work their way out of their poverty-stricken lives. So, what was experience of life for Black people in America? ...read more.


These were questions that the most highly educated White person could not answer. All this meant that Black people were unable to vote someone in to change all of this and to get rid of segregation. So, Black people faced even more of a challenge to get out of their poverty and to change the laws to what they wanted them to be. When it came to the education of the younger people of America, the southern states adopted a 'separate but equal' policy. In theory, this meant that although the Black children and the White children were separate they would receive the same education. But, in practice, it meant that White children and Black children were separate but the Black children received a much poorer standard of education. This was because the Black teachers of the Black children had also received a poor education so they were unable to provide the best education for the children. ...read more.


They were later arrested and taken to court. Many Black witnesses spoke out at what they saw and the two men were identified as the killers. But, on the 19th September 1955, in Mississippi State court, the all-White southern jury found the two men not guilty. The foreman said that "I feel the State failed to prove that the body was that of Emmet Till." The case was to have a huge impact on the Civil Right's Movement, as the trial was publicised in northern newspapers, with calls from many northern Politicians and journalists for the Federal Government to act to end this type of violence in the southern states. Also the Ku Klux Klan took the law into their own hands by dishing out beatings and lynchings to Black people in the southern states. Their re-emergence was triggered by a call the calls for the southern states to end segregation in schools, something that the Ku Klux Klan argued and fought for tirelessly. They would lynch and severely beat people that they thought were promoting ...read more.

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