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“No Substantial Progress”

“No Substantial Progress”

Blacks, the Economy, and Racial Polarization in the Late 1970s

Chapter:
(p.187) 9 “No Substantial Progress”
Source:
After the Dream
Author(s):
Timothy J. MinchinJohn A. Salmond
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813129785.003.0010

Among other disappointments during Carter's administration one of the most apparent was the country's economic situation. Since African Americans were often susceptible to being laid off, they often felt the devastating impact of economic problems throughout the presidency. Civil rights groups drew much attention to economic issues and asserted that they would be needing help in addressing such issues. Carter was more responsive in terms of achieving full employment compared to Ford, but his various efforts proved to be unsuccessful. According to a SRC report, the blacks were still experiencing the same segregated conditions they had to face during the 1950s. Aside from this, the blacks earned significantly smaller incomes and were experiencing higher unemployment compared to in the 1950s. As such, black leaders expressed that the gains brought about during the civil rights era should not be overemphasized.

Keywords:   Carter administration, economic situation, civil rights groups, economic issues, segregated conditions, unemployment, laying off

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