Domestic Life in the 1950s

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How did minorities experience the 1950s?

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The previous educators did a fine job of outlining the ways in which all non-white people experienced discrimination in the 1950s. It should also be mentioned, however, that Jewish people were also victims of routine discrimination. Though their whiteness permitted them access to facilities and certain rights that were denied to black people, Latinos (Puerto Ricans were a significant part of the population in Eastern and Midwestern cities and also faced discrimination), and Asians, they still faced the risk of exclusion when people learned that they were Jewish. This made it difficult, if not altogether impossible, to move into certain neighborhoods and to enroll at particular schools. Facilities that did not permit Jews were described as "restricted."

Also, it is important not to give the impression that segregation was entirely a Southern phenomenon. Asian Americans faced segregation in California, barring them from employment and housing. Though black people outside the South had...

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