The Power of Nonviolence Analytical Essay by Nicky

The Power of Nonviolence
An overview of how nonviolent protests were used in the fight against equal inequality in the USA.
# 145448 | 1,080 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2010 | US

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This paper addresses the issue of the civil rights movement in the USA, describing how prominent leaders in the USA have opposed the racial inequality that existed and helped make a difference to society. It includes information and quotes from Martin Luther King who encouraged the use of nonviolence, Homer Plessy and Rosa Parks.

From the Paper:

''Homer Plessy is probably one of the first individuals that realized racial inequality was wrong and decided to do something about it, whether or not he suffered for it. In 1890, he deliberately broke a law in Louisiana by boarding a white only railway car. He wanted to challenge segregation on the grounds that it violated his Thirteenth and Fourteenth Amendment rights. He did not win his case and it would be decades before the ruling was overturned but what we remember about this man is how he challenged the law in a nonviolent way. Plessy was one of many African-American that decided that they had rights like any other American. These people created needs that were met with the establishment of groups. Prior to the 1960s, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Urban League were the two primary associations that worked for civil rights. The NAACP ''pushed doggedly to dismantle the legal underpinnings of segregation'' (Bailey 911) and it was the first such group to see certain levels of success.''

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bailey, Thomas and Kennedy, David. The American Pageant. Lexington: D. C. Heath and Company. 1994.
  • Carmichael, Stokely. "Black Power." Black Protest. Joanne Grant, ed. New York: Ballentine Books. 1968.
  • Davidson, James, et al. Nation of Nations. New York: McGraw-Hill Publishing Company. 1990.
  • Farmer, James. "The New Jacobins and Full Emancipation" Black Protest. Joanne Grant, ed. New York: Ballentine Books. 1968.
  • King, Martin Luther. "Nonviolence and the Montgomery Boycott." Black Protest. Joanne Grant, ed. New York: Ballentine Books. 1968.

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