Civil Rights Context In The Early 1960's

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December 11, 2011 The Civil Rights Context in the Early 1960’s 1. The main issue that African Americans were struggling for during the early 1960’s was legal equality. 2. When the nation started, the south wanted slaves to be counted as a full person because they wanted them to be represented in congress. This was resolved with each slave being counted as 3/5 of a free person. 3. The invention of the cotton gin made southern states more dependent on slavery because the production of this crop increased by so much and they needed someone to pick it. 4. If the existence of slavery in the South was not the major factor that led to the Civil War, the issue that did lead the South to choosing to secede from the union was whether new states would have slavery or not. 5. After the civil War was over and the slaves were freed, the south enacted The Black Codes to keep African…show more content…
don’t know yet 9. Today, we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day because of the accomplishments made by King in his honor to end the legalization of segregation in the United States. One accomplishment by Martin Luther King was organizing desegregation protests in Birmingham, Alabama. Another accomplishment by King was mobilizing sit-ins and marches by thousands of school children. King was eventually arrested by Birmingham police officers along with thousands of children. 10. Under President Lyndon B. Johnson the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed. He was originally the Vice President for President John F. Kennedy, but on November 22, 1963, Kennedy was assassinated leaving Johnson in charge. Some provisions in that law is that it protected African Americans against discrimination in voter qualification tests. It also outlawed discrimination in motels, hotels, restaurants, theaters and all other public accommodations engaged in interstate commerce. Another provision is that it outlawed discrimination in employment in any business exceeding twenty five

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