Thursday, February 25, 2010

How did the “race movement” affect southern life?

After the war, the Black veterans felt that they would come home and find less segregation and because they fought to instill democracy, that they would get that at home as well. Soon after came the rise of the “New Negro” and many blacks were beginning to stand up and fight for their rights. An organization called the NAACP or National Association for the Advancement of Colored People formed and the popularity of this group quickly spread. Although after the war they were beginning to seem hopeful, those Blacks who got a job while most white men were at war, then lost their jobs as the white soldiers returned home and got their jobs back. Many riots began to take place along with lynching which quickly diminished almost all hope that the NAACP would be successful in reaching equality for Blacks. An important man named Marcus Garvey stood out from the crowd because he did not give up hope and tried his hardest to influence others not to give up as well. Garvey founded the UNIA or Universal Negro Improvement Association and started what was then called “Black Nationalism.” Although there were many attempts for equality after the war, the racism remained and it could even be argued that it worsened.

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