Much darker post WW2 timeline no civil rights movement altogether?

Nov 2014
Was a timeline where there was no civil rights movement at all possible? Say after world war 2 the US public decides to bring race relations to the way there were before the war, so California does not legalize mixed race marriage in 1948, and things like the desegragation of the US armed forces and the the NBA does not occur? I remember a survey back in WW2, and even Northern whites were not in favor of black and Whites mingling with each other in social settings. Basically was it possible to have a more anti black and racist US leadership after Roosevelt, say a viable candidate that is more racist than Truman was? Or a US leadership that was more unfavorable towards decolonization, say someone more racist than Ike decides to send the heavy bombers to help out the French in Dien Bien Phu? Or the West decides that the fact that Japan was defeated after meant that White racial superiority was really scientifically sound, so scientific racism actually gets amplified post WW2?
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Forum Staff
Aug 2016
I see the post-war Civil Rights Movement as part of the Keynesian Consensus. The war, and before it the Great Depression, taught Americans how to work together and cooperate to a degree that rarely, if ever, existed before or since. For a brief moment in our history, Americans stopped asking, 'How do I get a bigger slice of the pie?' and instead said, 'There's enough pie for all of us.' If that's the explanation for the success of the Civil Rights Movement, then to remove the Civil Rights Movement from American history you would probably also have to remove the expansion of the middle class and a few other aspects of the American economy in the mid-20th century.


Ad Honorem
Apr 2017
Las Vegas, NV USA
The specific issue of civil rights post WWII was highlighted when Truman integrated the military in 1947. As a southerner he took heat for this but was unexpectedly elected to a full term in 1948. With the Cold War, the US was expected to be a symbol of democracy over communist dictatorship. A minority pushed civil rights through the courts resulting in an overturning of racial segregation. It took over 20 years to enforce this throughout the US and violations exist to the present day. It's simply human nature to resist change that goes against long held ideas and preferences.