Impact Of Equality On African Americans In The 1950's

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Emotional distress and inequality was heightened during the time period of 1920-1973 for the African American community. Their path to equality would prove to be a long one as numerous incidents arose before they were given equal rights in 1964. During the 1950s, African Americans encountered economic, social and political injustices due to the dominant white supremacy present in the United States of America. The prevailing presence of white politicians in the American government during the period of civil unrest prolonged difficulties. Heavy prejudice and racism dominated an individual’s judgement upon African Americans as their fight for equal rights were just beginning in the 1950s. The landmark lawsuit of Brown vs. Board of Education in 1954 “fueled an intransigent, violent resistance during which Southern states used a variety of tactics to evade the law” ("The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom Civil Rights Era (1950–1963)). Previously, children had to go to school separately, which led to the creation of a separate school for African Americans that was controlled by whites. The education and materials for colored children were considerably lacking in comparison, which they found themselves in – “without a good education” as a result a “poor education lifestyle for the African Americans”(Trueman, Chris …show more content…

White people purposely set specific criteria for voters with the knowledge that African Americans would not be able to meet. For instance, there was a poll tax set which many African Americans could not afford to pay due to their small income from low paying jobs in comparison to the wages earned by white Americans. Another condition used in attempt to prevent African Americans from voting was a required literacy test for potential voters. Due to the poor education that African Americans received, they could not pass the literacy test and therefore could not

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