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The position of African Americans in 1945
Over 1.2million black men joined the US army during WW2; the experience radicalised them.
Northern blacks were trained in camps in the south ­ this was their first experience of formal racial
segregation ­ disgusted as they were fighting for their country's legacy…

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to Supreme Court with backing from NAACP's chief lawyer Thurgood Marshall ­ in 1946 ­ segregation on
interstate buses = illegal.

Between 1945 and 1955, the NAACP organised a series of protests in Louisiana ­ in 1947, they picketed
New Orleans' four biggest department stores. In 1953, there was a…

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