The Civil Rights Movement in America
An overview of the development and main achievements of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States.
# 117997 | 2,358 words | 8 sources | APA | 2009 |
Published on Dec 27, 2009 in African-American Studies (Historical Figures) , African-American Studies (Civil Rights) , History (U.S. Post-Modern 1965-Present) , History (U.S. Baby Boom Years 1945-1965)
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The paper explores the beginnings of African Americans' quest to bring justice and equality to their race. The paper first discusses the US Supreme Court's decision that racial segregation in the public schools was unconsitiutional, the Montgomery boycott triggered by Rosa Parks and the leadership of Dr. King. The paper then describes how desegregation of higher education exploded in violence at the University of Mississippi and shows how the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was a major political triumph for the Civil Rights Movement. The paper concludes that today, the Civil Rights Movement is viewed as a tremendous success, with African-Americans holding positions of power in many state and local governments.
From the Paper:"Immediately following the end of World War II in 1945, African-Americans found themselves in a very familiar situation, one that had begun long before the Civil War, namely, that they were rated as second-class citizens in the United States and were living without civil rights as compared to their white American counterparts. This post-war era "marked a period of unprecedented energy" against African-Americans in virtually every part of the country, especially in the Deep South in such states as Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi. This "energy" included "resistance to racial segregation and discrimination" via Dr. Martin Luther King's civil disobedience and non-violent resistance, "marches, protests, boycotts, 'freedom rides,' and organized rallies," all of which received widespread national attention in the newspapers, on the radio and television which served as documentation to bring an end to racial inequality ("The Civil Rights Era," 2007, Internet)."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Brooks, Thomas R. (1974). Walls Come Tumbling Down: A History of the CivilRights Movement, 1940 to 1970. New York: Prentice-Hall.
- Davis, Jack E. (2000). The Civil Rights Movement. New York: Blackwell Press.
- Dierenfield, Bruce J. (2002). The Civil Rights Movement. New York: Addison-Wesley.
- Kosof, Anna. (1989). The Civil Rights Movement and Its Legacy. New York:Franklin Watts.
- Riches, William T.M. (2004). The Civil Rights Movement: Struggle and Resistance.New York: Palgrave-Macmillan.
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