Breaking Down Segregation

Breaking Down Segregation - Segregated units in the U.S....

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Breaking Down Segregation Eliminating segregation in the United States has proved to be a long and difficult  process. Presidential actions and court decisions were important early steps. While  segregation codified in law no longer exists,  de facto segregation  based on income  and housing patterns continues.  Executive actions The first meaningful gains in civil rights came after World War II. In 1948, President  Harry Truman ordered an end to segregation in the military and the federal bureaucracy. 
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Unformatted text preview: Segregated units in the U.S. Army were disbanded within three years, and the Korean War became the first conflict in which blacks and whites truly fought side by side. Truman ran into difficulty when he tried to push his civil rights agenda through Congress. A federal anti-lynching law, the outlawing of poll taxes, and the creation of a civil rights commission were opposed by Southern Democrats. The Courts proved to be more willing to look at these issues....
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