Dbq Civil Rights Movement Analysis

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The civil rights movement in the 1960’s had a profound effect on American history. African Americans were long suppressed in this country and finally took a stand to make American citizens follow what the constitution says, “All men are created equal”. This was a long road and bumpy road, though for activists. Goals, strategies, and support often changed and developed based on individual beliefs, although all blacks wanted the progression of their people. During the civil rights movement all activist groups wanted the same rights as white people, but some groups’ goals were a bit varied. In the beginning of the 60’s groups such as SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) and Martin Luther King Jr. supporters strove to be equal with…show more content…
At the beginning of the 1960’s support and protection of non-violent black protestors was basically nonexistent. In Birmingham, Alabama, where hate crimes were prevalent, the local law enforcement added to the vicious cruelty. (Dog attacks – Document C) More local and government support was given after Kennedy’s address stating that he supported the civil rights movement. Kennedy also demonstrated his support in Little Rock, Arkansas, when he ordered the state troops, who initially blocked black students from entering school, to escort the new black students safely into the high school. Later President Johnson also got the Civil Rights Act and the Equal Housing Act to pass. Also with the new voting laws in place, federally regulated voting took place. This allowed more African Americans to vote then ever before in history. (62% - Document G) So, as time went on, and blacks persisted in their beliefs and path to freedom, they gained more support. In conclusion, many changes occurred in the goals, strategies, and support of the civil rights movement. Different groups sculpted their beliefs and carried them out accordingly, some violently and some with peace. Although methods were different all African Americans longed the days of equal rights and success in America. If it were not for the bravery, courage, and determination of individuals in that generation, the United States would not be the great country that it is
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