Civil Rights Essay

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Civil Rights: The Struggle for Equality The United States of America has been influenced and impacted by a multitude of different situations over different eras. There was the reconstruction of the Union and the change to the South (Davidson et al, 2008). There was the change to the growth of businesses and the great impact of the railroads. There were also wars that changed the United States forever. These situations do not compare to the Civil Rights Movement. The Civil Rights Movement is the era that transformed the United States the most. “Civil rights are those rights that constitute free and equal citizenship in a liberal democracy” (Altman, 2007, section 2). The Civil Rights Movement started to make a great impact between 1947 and 1969 (Davidson et al, 2008). There had been a struggle for many minorities to achieve the equality they were positive they deserved. Especially to African Americans, after they were released from the burden of slavery, obtained from the determination of former President Abraham Lincoln. During the fight for civil rights many incidents occurred over time. In May of 1954, a Supreme Court case, Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, stated that segregation in public schools was unconstitutional (Walls, 2009). This ruling was a big achievement for minorities for not only African Americans, but Mexican Americans as well. Mexican Americans were forced to live life as a second class citizen as well (Davidson et al, 2008). They wanted the same rights as the Whites. They did not want to be forced into segregated schools or be acknowledged less in the workplace. The Mexican American's fight for civil rights was the least talked about, focus on issues about enhanced education, voting rights, and farm worker's rights, among the social movement in the 1960s (Mendoza, 2001). There was an extreme line between what African Americans and

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