How far is it accurate to describe black Americans as second class citizens in the years 1945-55?
Black citizens of the USA were treated as second class citizens to an extent in the years 1945-55. In the South it was apparent that black citizens were discriminated against in work, education, living standards and their status as human beings however in the south it wasn’t as bad. They were attacked and subjected to violence without the law protecting them. This in other words meant that they had no rights as citizens. However in the north, racial segregation was unapparent and after the war the USA overall did gain some improvements and began to protest for more but by 1955 this was not enough to make a difference.
Black Americans were subjected to segregation. The ‘Jim Crow’ laws meant that they had to use
separate diners, separate schools and separate transport. This was legal because of Plessey-vs-
Ferguson, where the Supreme Court said that separate facilities were acceptable if they were equal,