How accurate is it to say that the status of black people in the USA changed very little in the years 1945-1955?
I would agree with this statement and say that the status of black people did not change much between the years of 1945 to 1955, I believe that there is a lot of evidence to back me up in my decision, for example, the federal intervention caused by the actions of Harry Truman, direct action from civil rights groups and the role of African Americans within society in this time period.
Firstly, federal intervention was used to try and change the status of African Americans. A large provocation of federal intervention in this time period was due to Harry Truman who became president in 1945, he saw the need to publically challenge segregation and show his strong support for civil rights, however, it could be argued this was just a political move for more black votes. I believe that he had out grown his previous prejudices and was really motivated to tackle civil rights issues, as Truman established a committee in 1946 to produce the report ‘to secure these rights’ this would draw national attention to the unacceptable situations. The report advocated eliminating segregation from the USA by using federal intervention. The report called for legislations against lynching, a permanent fair employment practice act to end discrimination in employment, an end to discrimination in interstate travel, the armed forces, education and health care. The report was a perfect idea to combat segregation and pursue equality, however, in reality there were many problems to stop the operation, such as the sheer scale of the problem both geographical and population wise, the racism within the police that created resentment and interference within local issues and how to get these changes through congress when most of the congressmen were either racist, didn’t agree with giving the financial support to fund the report or didn’t agree with allowing blacks the same power...
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