World War I marked a drastic change in African American history. The war began as a conflict between the Europeans and soon became an event with revolutionary consequences, which would have a big affect on the social, economic, and political future for the black community. The war impacted the black community of Cleveland greatly whether you were male or female, soldier or civilian. The war began in 1914 and ended in 1918, which marked one of the most dynamic periods for the African American community because of migration, racial violence, and political protest. African Americans challenged the American Government, demanded their rights as American citizens, and demanded equality both in subtle and dramatic ways. We should further our knowledge on World War I because it is important to develop a better understanding of how the war affected African Americans and the struggles they faced because of it.
The main focus of this essay is on the discrimination against African Americans in Cleveland After World War I and why discrimination began to increase after the war. I first chose this topic because it has always been a topic that sparked my interest and I’ve always wanted to know more about the African American community. I figured when am I going to get a better opportunity to gain more knowledge on the topic of discrimination against African Americans then in an African American Studies class. I also think it is really important to know about the past history of our city and it is just as important to know about the people who were here many years before us especially the African American community. These things are important to know because they are what makes up Cleveland today especially because we live in a diverse city.
The next topic that I’m going to focus on is why discrimination grew after the war and how the African American community dealt with it. I chose this second topic because I think black discrimination is something that we constantly overlook in history. The reason I say that is because we are aware that blacks faced discrimination, but we don’t truly understand what they were going through during that time and how they dealt with these struggles. Another reason I chose this topic is because the majority of people are educated on World War I, but they aren’t aware of the events that took place post war, during the war, and after the war.
The last topic I’m going to discuss is the type of discrimination that African Americans faced in Cleveland and how it affected their housing choices, job opportunities, and their overall lifestyle. The reason I chose this topic is because I think people don’t understand or have much knowledge on the type of discrimination African Americans faced and how it affected their lifestyle. I think discrimination against African Americans played a big role in both African American history and Cleveland’s history, therefore it is essential to have some knowledge or understanding on their past...