Civil Rights In The 1960S Essay

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Civil Rights in the 60s Albertis McCray The American Experience Since 1945/145 1/10/2012 Christina Winn Civil Rights in the 60s Prior to World War II, the struggle for blacks’ rights was limited primarily to the major urban areas and the Deep South. Many Americans had no interaction with other races, and to them, this struggle was misunderstood and not really a part of their daily lives. After the War, many returning white soldier’s had a different perspective on race relations. Having served with both black and minority soldiers, and been exposed to foreign countries, white soldiers realized there were more to minorities than the color of their skin. With the invention of television and the coverage of civil rights movement speeches coming into American living rooms from across the country, things started to change. In many cases across the country, the media showed the Black protesters as organized, peaceful, dressed professionally, and simply “normal Americans.” The picture of the civil rights movement is depicted as violent and bigotry. While there is validity to that, the reality is, the civil rights movement began with non-violent student protests. Students were the life blood of the early movement. Blacks supported the students by joining the protest. Racism still remained in the South. In the 60’s, militant black consciousness developed (for example, Black Panthers). The great society was formed and provided optimism for liberal Americans across the country and internationally. In the 60s, the “Jim Crow laws” made Blacks lower class citizens, but blacks used organized sit-in to protest racism and segregation. Soon after, student activists formed their own civil rights organization and focused on local civil rights. Significant events were happening at this time: - Blacks were instrumental in John Kennedy
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