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Why was ww2 a factor in the development of civil rights ? In 1941, the army and air force refused to train black officers and pilots. The navy only employed blacks as kitchen staff. Black blood would not be used for white causalities. Membership of the NAACP (national association for the advancement of coloured people) rose from 5,000 to 450,00 during the war. Many black service men came back to America with new hopes after seeing the lack of segregation while they were stationed in Britain. For the first time they were actually able to go to the same places as white people. After world war two, blacks and other races were more accepted due to many reasons. Propaganda for anti-nazi groups made people realize their own prejudice. ...read more.


When ordered by the bus driver to give up her seat, Rosa remained seated. She was arrested and fined $10. when Rosa told her friends what had happened, they swung into action. Together with the backing of the local black churches, particularly the local Baptist church, run by the reverend martin Luther king, the city's black leaders decided to advice all black resident in Montgomery to stop using the buses and to seek alternative means of transport until the bus company issued seats on a first come, first served basis. The entire black population in the city obeyed and car pooled, walked or cycled to work instead. The boycott got massive publicity and featured on the TV news. This was the first time the injustice of southern segregation was seen on northern TV. ...read more.


The president sent in the troops to escort the students to school. This was the first mixed high school in the whole of the USA. This was significant because it forced the president, who would have preferred to do nothing, to take some action. In 1957 Eisenhower introduced the first civil rights since 1875. it set up a commission to prosecute anybody who tried to deny American citizens their rights. It attracted world wide attention and was on television screens across the USA. When Faubus closed all the schools in Arkansas in September 1958, he was forced to reopen them to black and white student by the supreme court. However in 1963 there were only 30,000 children at mixed schools in the south, out of 2,900,000 and none at all in Alabama, Mississippi or South Carolina. ...read more.

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