SS Ch. 13 Less. 1 Austins Slate

After suffering discrimination and unfair treatment for centuries, African Americans in the mid-1900s began to make real progress in winning an equal place in American life.

World War 2 had been one turning point.

African Americans' demand for more rights helped end discrimination in factories that did work for the government.

After the war, African Americans soldiers returned home.

At the head of this growing movement was the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

The U.S Supreme Court had upheld segregation in the past.

In 1957 a judge ordered an all-white school, Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, to admit African Americans.

When classes began for the year, Guard members blocked the school's entrance.

For the first time since the Civil War, a Southern state had defied the federal government.

When a federal judge ruled that the governor had broken the law, Faunus removed the National Guard.

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