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Racism in American Society: 1930s

By: Julie Park

Julie Park

on 25 August 2011

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Transcript of Racism in American Society: 1930s

Racism In American Society: 1930s By: Julie Park Discrimination Treatment or consideration based on class or category rather than individual merit; partiality or prejudice 1930’s was a turbulent time for race relations in America Great Depression During Great Depression, almost half of the Black Americans were out of work Northern part of America still had some jobs due to factories, but there were no jobs available in the South for it depended purely on agriculture powered by slavery. Southern Blacks felt the most of this economic despair and migrated to the north or the west. In Northern cities, whites called for Blacks to be fired as long as there are unemployed whites. Connection to “Of Mice and Men” Workers couldn’t settle in one place, had to keep wandering looking for job Crooks was separated from the others African Americans Black Americans began to move up from South to North Black Americans began to move up from South to North Segregation Insults Lack of civil rights Protests in churches Other Races European Americans: were privileged (literacy, immigration, voting rights, citizenship, land acquisition) Native Americans: land was taken away through wars, massacres, and forced displacements. Asian Americans: were subjected to harassment and hostility, imprisoned for no justifiable reason, physically attacked, or murdered. Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 Ku Klux Klan White supremacy organization The first branch of the Ku Klux Klan was established in Pulaski, Tennessee, in May, 1866. Former members of Confederate Army They wore white masks, white cardboard hats and covered themselves with white sheets. Tortured and killed immigrants, Black Americans and sympathetic whites
 After the conviction of the Klan leader, David C. Stephenson, for second-degree murder, and evidence of corruption by other members, membership fell. 4,000,000 members Disbanded in 1944 KU KLUX KLAN Connection to: "To Kill a Mockingbird African Americans were severely discriminated Some were killed (Tim Johnson) They were insulted with words like “Nigger” Those who helped Black Americans were viewed negatively by the society
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