Segregation had a prominent effect on African American life and rights during the late 18th and 20th centuries. The late 18th and Early 20th centuries was the time of the civil rights movement. Although segregation was a reality in the north and south, it was more prominent and problematic in the south because that was the old confederate territory. Schools were segregated until the Brown vs. Board of Education. Schools that were predominantly African-American were not funded like the white schools were. This began to change in the early 20th century when African Americans began to emerge as teachers. In 1965, African-Americans were granted the right to vote. Although African-Americans made progress during this time, there were significant set-backs such as racial riots, lynching, violence, and other forms of socio-political protests from people who didn't agree with social reform. The KKK was prominent in the south, as were several white supremacist groups. African- American life had began to improve past the days of slavery, but there were still considerable dangers and unrest.
Its also important to note that schooling was key because education is the key to professional and social advancement. By keeping the schools segregated, that opportunity was denied to African-American children.
Mar 3rd, 2015
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