Hundreds of African Americans moved up North to cities such as Chicago, Detroit, New York, and other major cities. However, the people in the north did not readily except them. The biggest problem came from the working lower class whites. They feared that African Americans migrating up north would take their jobs. Discrimination and unfair treatment were just as evident in the north as well as the south. They were also excluded from attending white schools, and living in white neighborhoods. This was the result of prejudice and the customs among whites.
Most African Americans were forced to live in the poorest parts of the city. Real estate agents didn't take them in white areas to look at homes. The men and women who did wok weren't allowed to join the labor unions in order to obtain a better paying job.
The military also upheld the segregation laws. In the United States, during World War II, black soldiers fought side by side and died together. Jobs were created because of the war. Black women worked in factories and other jobs that were centered around the war.
After the war the perception of how whites viewed blacks did not change. The African American soldiers felt they had exhibited their patriotism, courage, and loyalty to America. Therefore they assumed they would be treated equally. Inequality and discrimination continued to exist.