How far do you agree that the years 1945-55 saw only limited progress in improving the status of African Americans?

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How far do you agree that the years 1945-55 saw only limited progress in improving the status of African Americans?
The years of 1945-55 saw limited progress in improving the status of African Americans to an extent; however, during this time period there was also an increased amount of progress for the African American community in improving their status. There were many key factors, which contributed to improving the status of African Americans, such as the work of key civil right parties, for instance the NAACP and their approach to increase grass-roots activism, and their increased membership shows their wide support. In addition to this, there was also help from economic and political victories which demonstrated a fundamental shift
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Another important court case, that made significant steps towards civil rights, was Brown v. Board of education (1954); Oliver Brown took state of Kansas to court, for failing to provide adequate education for his daughter. It was argued that Plessy v. Ferguson’s ‘Separate but equal’ ruling, wasn’t in effect. Evidence for this was due to states spending 140$ per with child, however it was only 39$ per black child. The Supreme Court ruled that ‘Separate but equal had no place in the American Constituion’. This was significant, because it applied to all states in America, that had segregation, and it marked an end to the doctrine of ‘Separate but equal’; in addition, the Brown case was a landmark victory, as it marked a new era of Federal support towards civil rights and more importantly, the case overturned the very principle upon which segregation had built its foundations upon. This showed that the Government were for segregation and it showed signs that there was improving progress for African Americans, and it also means that minor segregation could now been addressed, under the fundamental ruling that separate but equal was unconstitutional.
President Harry S. Truman was the first American President to enter the election campaign on a Civil Rights Platform, as he was determined to address segregation in American, and fight towards improving the status and progress of African Americans. His fundamental argument to end segregation,

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