Segregation Brought to an end Vivek Kumar

Segregation was able to come to an end due to Harry Truman, the NAACP, and the Civil Rights Movement.

Harry Truman played an important role in ending segregation by ending certain aspects of segregation and using his authority and power to create bold statements.

One way he helped impact the end of segregation, was by trying to eliminate all discrimination. When he approached this problem to Congress, he was denied approval to continue with his plan. None the less, his bold statements helped change Americans' perspectives on segregation, thereby increasing support for desegregation: “His administration published ‘To Secure These Rights’ in 1947 a drive was started in 1948 to end discrimination in federal employment in 1950, the Supreme Court all but overturned what is referred to as Plessy v Ferguson. These were a series of laws dating from 1896 which effectively approved the ‘Jim Crow’ segregation laws that characterized the South” (Harry Truman and Civil Rights).

Although Truman wasn't able to completely end discrimination or segregation, he was able to certain aspects of it. Specifically, Truman was able to desegregate the Armed Forces: “From the late 1940s to the 1960s, a series of court cases and congressional laws ended legal segregation. These included President Harry S. Truman's 1948 order to desegregate the armed forces, the Supreme Court cases of Shelly v. Kraemer (1948) and Brown v. Board of Education (1954) that ended restrictive deed covenants and "separate-but-equal" policies in education respectively, and the Civil Rights Act of 1964”

Muckrakers played an important role in improving the conditions in America. For example, Ida B. Wells Barnett, who was strongly against lynching in the south, became one of the founders of the NAACP. This was an organization that had a united goal to stop segregation in the United States.

Together, the members of the NAACP used their unique abilities to persuade others into joining the cause. The people of NAACP believed that in order to achieve their goal, they needed to create a successful layout for their organization: "The President, Vice-Presidents, Treasurer, and Chairman of the Board of Directors shall be elected for a term of one year; all other officers shall be elected for a term of one year, unless the Board of Directors shall by resolution passed at the time of the particular election order otherwise” (Constitution of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People).

Moreover, the NAACP became effective by solving one problem at a time: “The NAACP pursued a lobbying and litigation strategy that challenged segregation, discrimination, and economic injustice. Beginning in the early 1930s, the NAACP pursued equal pay for teachers in black schools relative to those in white schools” (Civil Rights Movement). The organization worked hard to push the limits of society and end every aspect of differentiation between the two colors.

The Civil Rights Movement was when segregation was at its weakest. This was wh

One of the most important factors that became the tipping point to create the Civil Rights Act was the March on Washington: “The high point of the civil rights movement occurred on August 28, 1963, when 250,000 people participated in a March on Washington to urge the federal government to support desegregation and protect voting rights”(Civil Rights Movement). Moreover, in this specific march, Martin Luther King Jr. spoke about equality and presented one of the most famous speeches in history, “I Have a Dream”(Wheeler and McGuire). King used his powerful voice to contribute to ending segregation. All of the support that people gave during the march helped President Kennedy use as leverage to help pass Civil Rights Act.

The Civil Rights Act ended segregation once and for all: "This Civil Rights Act was a legal document which was signed by Lyndon B. Johnson, who was president at the time: “On July 2, 1964, Johnson signed the omnibus Civil Rights Act, which barred segregation in public accommodations, ended federal aid to segregated institutions, outlawed racial discrimination in employment, sought to strengthen black voting rights, and extended the life of the United States Commission on Civil Rights” (Weisbrot).

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