In the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, black and white women worked individually and through various organizations for racial and social change in South Carolina, although they often disagreed on the form it should assume. In the 1940s, blacks and some whites used the rhetoric of the war years to promote racial activism. At the same time, white women and their organizations attempted to foster racial understanding between the races. This often meant discussing racial problems or attempting to solve them through such organizations as the Commission on Interracial Cooperation, the YWCA, and United Church Women while at the same time maintaining segregation. But their efforts to maintain the status quo revealed an awareness of how pervasive racism was in the Palmetto State, and even these efforts led to some improvements for African Americans in South Carolina....
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