How Far Did the Position of African Americans Improve in the Years 1945-1955

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How far did the position of Black Americans improve in the years 1945-1955?

The position of Black Americans from 1945-1955 changed a lot throughout these years, and mainly for the better, particularly in social and economical areas. Although there were occasional setbacks in some areas, such as politically, overall their position was vastly improved. In this essay I’ll be discussing the different areas in which Black Americans improved their position in and some areas in which they continued to struggle in.

Firstly the economic improvements made by Black Americans were hugely significant, many African Americans had exceptionally low paying farming jobs that barely supported a decent standard of living. However when The Second World
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The economic boom during The Second World War was definitely important for African Americans and helped their position in society improve a lot. The only setback they faced was having to get an executive order so African Americans could work in the factories but overall it was a positive outcome and improved their position. African Americans were finally starting to be better paid than before, they could finally start earning the money they needed to help put them on their feet properly and to start living a better quality of life.

In terms of political advancement there were improvements throughout the years. Before The Second World War, less that 2% of the black population in Southern states were allowed to vote. However, by 1945 that percentage increased marginally to 15% of Black Americans in Southern states. However the push that Black Americans were promoting for their right to vote caused white racists to lash out and there was a substantial increase in lynchings following the war. Harry S. Truman was a very significant figure in the political area when it came to ensuring that Black Americans progressed forward towards equality. When Truman was younger he was a severe racist, he used abusive language and even payed to join the Ku Klux Klan. Fortunately, as he aged he outgrew his old beliefs and prejudice mindset and became the very first American President to publicly challenge

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