What role did African Americans play in politics after World War II?

The growing number of educated and affluent blacks in the cities made major political gains possible.

Black urban voters heavily supported liberal Democratic candidates.

In 1954, three blacks, Augustus Hawkins of California, Adam Clayton Powell Jr. of New York, and William L. Dawson of Illinois, were elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, the largest number since Reconstruction.

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