What Was Life Like for African-Americans in the South in the 1930s?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 14, 2020 6:56:51 AM ET

Life for African Americans in the American South in the 1930s was not easy: they faced racial discrimination, a nearly constant threat of violence and far fewer employment opportunities than whites. The economic situation in the 1930s was grim at best, even downright dire. In most areas, the few jobs that were available went to whites, who generally had better access to education and important social services like health care and subsidies.