The Struggle for Civil Rights Comparison Essay by Mgmleo

The Struggle for Civil Rights
An examination of the similarities between the African-American Civil Rights Movement and the Women's Liberation Movement.
# 118693 | 2,105 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2009 | US

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This paper discusses the history of civil rights as it relates to African-Americans and women. The paper specifically explores two groups - the African-American Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s and the Women's Liberation Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. The paper discusses the similarities that the two groups share in relation to basic, underlying causes, their overall goals and especially their leaders who guided each movement from a grassroots organization to national prominence and success.

From the Paper:

"The success of the Montgomery boycott gave southern African-Americans a new confidence, a new weapon and a new leader in the form of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a charismatic young Baptist minister who preached the gospel of non-violent resistance to all forms of racial discrimination. Before the boycott, the leadership of the Civil Rights Movement had come almost entirely from national organizations with headquarters in northern cities, notably the NAACP, the National Urban League and the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE); thus, Dr. King became the first southern black to work entirely within the South to emerge as a regional leader of the attack upon segregation."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Berkeley, Kathleen C. The Women's Liberation Movement in America. New York: Greenwood Publishing Group, 1999.
  • Frederick Powledge. We Shall Overcome: Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993.
  • Gurko, Miriam. Ladies of Seneca Falls: The Birth of the Women's Rights Movement. New York: Easton Press, 2000.
  • Riches, William T. Martin. The Civil Rights Movement: Struggle and Resistance. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2003.
  • "The History of Women's Suffrage." Women's History Month. 2008. Internet. RetrievedMay 26, 2009 from

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"The Struggle for Civil Rights" 16 February 2010. Web. 22 September. 2023. <>