Social Groups

During the 1950's

- Poverty in the 1950's -

The Poor

Many of the poor people in the 1950's were typically elderly people, single women and their children, or members of minority groups, including African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans. These people were considered poor because they were living under the poverty level. There was hardly any money to improve city property.

Middle Class Whites

Middle class white Americans left the cities for the suburbs, talking with them precious economic resources and isolating themselves from other races and classes. The poor migrated to the inner cities. African Americans started to move from the rural South to urban areas after WWll. The urban crisis prompted by the "white flight" had a direct impact on poor whites and nonwhites.