How Far Did the Second World War Improve the Lives of Blacks C.1945?

To some extent the Second World War did improve the lives of black people. This was because men who fought alongside blacks saw that they were their equals. For example, a platoon sergeant from the segregated South Carolina said of blacks after the war ‘They’re just like any of the other boys to us’. However, in this essay I am going to explore that not everyone’s attitudes changed and in some circumstances the quality of lives for blacks actually deteriorated.

In the South after the war the number of blacks registered to vote went from 2% to 15%. However, even though more blacks were registered this does not mean that more of them voted. Therefore, we can’t properly gage if the political power of blacks increased after the war. This is because it was still dangerous for blacks to vote, not only this but there were not many political figures that supported black issues fully. Although, the fact that more blacks did register to vote shows that they were beginning to fight against ‘Jim Crow’ laws which is a positive effect from the Second World War.

In the North after the war there was more racial interaction. This was helped by the fact that the North didn’t have legal separation of education and transport like the South. However, even though there was more racial interaction blacks were still forced to live in poorer parts of towns such as ghettos which still separated them from wealthier whites. Although, this was beginning to change as the education in the north was not segregated therefore, more blacks could get a proper education which would lead to them getting a higher paid job.

In the South there was an increase in lynchings for a period after the Second World War. This was caused by the fact that during campaigning for equal rights and votes people in the South were reminded of the sacrifices that black soldiers made during the Second World War the hostility that this created led to the increase in lynchings. However, the fact that black people...