Black Americans - 1945

Looking at the aspects of the position of Black Americans in 1945. 

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  • The position of Black Americans in 1945
    • WW2
      • Radicalized them - but still segregation.
        • E.g black soldiers had different canteens. Transported to battlefield in different vehicles.
      • The Holocaust - showed the dangers inherent in racism. Convinced people racism should be opposed in all circumstances.
      • Black Heroes
        • Courage of black soldiers changed the attitudes of many white soldiers. Fighting in the war boosted black self-esteem.
    • Economy
      • Many black workers in the South moved to the southern cities. The war time boom increased migration (by 1950 almost a third of black Americans lived in the North.
      • Economic changes during the war - allowed them to play a major role in the war effort. African Americans better paid than before.
        • WW2
          • Radicalized them - but still segregation.
            • E.g black soldiers had different canteens. Transported to battlefield in different vehicles.
          • The Holocaust - showed the dangers inherent in racism. Convinced people racism should be opposed in all circumstances.
          • Black Heroes
            • Courage of black soldiers changed the attitudes of many white soldiers. Fighting in the war boosted black self-esteem.
    • Politics
      • 1945 - approximately 15 per cent of the black population of the southern states had been registered to vote.
      • American Presidents began appointing AAs to positions in fed gov.
    • Economics
      • War boom  - number of unemployed AAs fell sharply. 500,00 AAs migrated to the North. However, not paid the same as white workers in industries.
        • Detroit Riots -white workers objected to AA promotion.
        • AAs still more likely to be unemployed than white Americans.
    • Social Conditions
      • Segregation still remained after WW2.
        • Southern states - barred from cinemas, restaurants, and hotels.
        • Northern states  - eating, transport, educational facilities not segregated. AAs poorer though, lived in worse accomodation.

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