Status of African American's in the 1930's

Image, Source: digital file from intermediary roll film
Image, Source: digital file from intermediary roll film

African Americans in the North


Many African Americans moved to the North during the Great Depression and during WWII.

More than half of the African Americans in the 1930's were out of work because African Americans were fired so jobs could be given to whites.

New Deal programs like The Federal Music Project, Federal Theatre Project, and Federal Writers project gave African Americans a chance to have a voice during the depression.

African Americans in the South


African Americans had it bad in the 1930's especially in the South.

In the South, whites mistreated African American's by limiting education, discriminating them on the streets and railroads, by barring them from public parks, public libraries, and public amusements of all kinds, by insulting replies to courteous questions, by conviction for trivial offences, and worst of all, by lynching and killing them.

Education in the 1930's


American education in the 1930's was racially segregated and in many places segregation was the law.

African Americans were unrepresented on most school boards and were unable to push for better funding for their schools and because of this the average expenditure per pupil per year was eighty dollars but for African American students the average was only fifteen.