Friday, February 26, 2010

How did the "Race Movement" affect Southern Life

Following the end of World War I, it was clear to African-Americans that the acceptance into society that Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois had hoped for was not going to happen. During the War, several thousand African Americans directly helped the war effort, yet their deeds went unappreciated by Whites on their return home. The fight for civil rights continued onward in the face of race riots and violence. during the war, Southern Blacks underwent a mass migration to the Northern cities in order to find suitable work vacated by white soldiers abroad. However, they were only to be replaced again once the white soldiers returned. Racial relations were very tense and a new "Black Nationalism" movement sprung up, guided by Marcus Garvey. Garvey advocated for Blacks to willingly separate from Whites and build their own nation. Garvey's philosophy, coupled with infighting among Black leadership, meant that African-Americans could not find a unified voice on how to fight for civil rights. The fight would again be postponed

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