How did the Great Depression affect the civil rights movement?

How did the Great Depression affect the civil rights movement?

The Great Depression impacted African Americans for decades to come. It spurred the rise of African-American activism, which laid the groundwork for the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s.

How did the Great Depression impact minority groups in America?

The Great Depression of the 1930s worsened the already bleak economic situation of African Americans. They were the first to be laid off from their jobs, and they suffered from an unemployment rate two to three times that of whites.

What was The racial discrimination in the 1930s?

Racial discrimination was not illegal in 1930s America, therefore racism was still rampant at the time. Whites and blacks were segregated in 1930s America and blacks were considered as 2nd class citizens. Black people were paid less than their white counterparts and they had to work harder than everyone else, often given the more ‘dirty work’.

When and how did segregation end in the US?

Legal segregation of schools was stopped in the U.S. by federal enforcement of a series of Supreme Court decisions after Brown v. Board of Education in 1954. All legally enforced public segregation (segregation de jure) was abolished by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 .

Who fought against segregation?

John Lewis. Inspired by and a protege of King, Congressman John Lewis has been anti-segregationist since his youth. After being personally affected by segregation, Lewis joined the civil rights movement and participated in a variety of sit-demonstrations, marches and other group efforts to challenge segregation.

When did segregation start and end?

Racial Segregation began immediately after the American Civil War. It was mostly ended in 1964–65, with the passing of the Civil Rights act of 1964, and the Voting Rights act of 1965, (15th Amendment).