Historian Mike Homel will discuss African-American history of the 1940s. In the United States, World War II caused major changes in migration, employment, and activism for racial justice. Then President Harry Truman’s 1948 campaign put civil rights on the federal government’s agenda for the first time. That led to the defection of the southern Democrats, and foreshadowed the switch of the white South to the Republican Party. At the local level, racial competition for scarce housing across the country sparked violence and offered a preview of white resistance to racial change in the 1950s and 1960s.
Homel is Professor Emeritus of History at Eastern Michigan University. He specializes in 20th century American history and American urban history. He is the author of Down from Equality: Black Chicagoans and the Public Schools, and Unlocking City Hall: Exploring the History of Local Government and Politics, and other publications on urban politics and education.
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