How Did The Cold War Affect The Civil Rights Movement

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Name Date Class Professors Name TITLE 1. The Cold War era was a period of history marked by political conflict which resulted in military tension and aggression between communism and the western world. Communism was growing and the western world saw this form of government as a threat to the status quo. The two main players were the Soviet Union, the powerhouse of the communist world, and the United States, the most powerful country in the western world. Working through spheres of influence these two ideologies came into direct conflict on many occasions. Two such examples were the Korean War and the Vietnam War, two cold war military clashes. The American government argued against the injustices that were being committed by these communist…show more content…
While our government was fighting under the banner of “correcting” injustices, inequality was being experienced at home. How could the American government be intruding in foreign affairs for equality yet not offer it to its own citizens? The Civil Rights movement used this “hypocrisy” to its advantage. A country fighting for such cause should first apply it at home they would argue. As the Cold War continued, the American public grew discontent with the handling of the disputes . They grew restless of the ongoing conflict and the injustices that were being committed by the American military towards these countries and the abuse that our American troops were experiencing at home. The Civil Rights movement again saw this as an opportunity to insert their agenda along with other injustices into the national picture. With the sentiment swaying against the established institution it was easier to gain public support for civil rights. The Cold War was fought to end the oppression and maltreatment of other countries citizens. The Civil Rights movement was able to use the changing opinions of the American public to their advantage both to bring attention to their plight but also to gain support. Their newfound strength and national awareness brought them great
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