Negro Drinking at "Colored" Water Cooler Digital History ID 2644|
Credit: Library of Congress
Media type: photograph
Museum Number: LC-USZ62-80126
Annotation: Demoralizing segregation in the South led to the massive migration of African Americans in the South to cities in the North. The New Deal did, however, record a few gains in civil rights. In the South, federal funds were poured into black schools and hospitals. The Works Progress Administration was colorblind, and blacks in Northern cities benefited from its work relief programs. Most blacks appointed to New Deal posts, however, served in token positions as advisors on black affairs. At best, they achieved a new visibility in government.
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