How did the events of the 1930’s impact African Americans prospects?
The 1930’s was a time of great struggle in the USA. The New York stock market crashed in 1929 and triggered a spiral of economic depression, which hit African Americans hard.
The Great Depression had a huge impact on African Americans. The Great Depression of the 1930s was catastrophic for all workers. But as usual, African Americans suffered worse, pushed out of unskilled jobs previously scorned by whites before the depression. African Americans faced unemployment of 50 percent or more, compared with about 30 percent for whites. Black wages were at least 30 percent below those of white workers, who themselves were barely at subsistence level. African …show more content…
There were a few landmark court cases that impacted African Americans. For example, Powell vs. Alabama. 9 African American men hopped on a train where a group of white Americans were. A fight broke out between the men that ended up in the white men being thrown off the train. The white men sent a report to the nearest town about the incident. Two white women testified against the black men, saying they sexually assaulted them. There was only one local lawyer that was willing to defend the nine men. The two lawyers had no opportunity to investigate the case, meaning all nine men were found guilty. Eight out of the nine were given death penalties despite doctors saying there was no evidence of rape upon examining the women. This affected African