Essay about Civil Rights Movement : The Civil War

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Civil Rights Movement
Even though the American Civil War did finally bring the abolition of slavery, unfortunately enough there was still a harsh system of white supremacy that long persisted throughout the years. The 1960s Civil Rights Movement includes social movements in American whose main goals were to end racial segregation and discrimination against African Americans. African Americans in the South were utterly banned from associating with whites. Segregation existed everywhere—schools, rest rooms, waiting rooms, hospitals, hotels, restaurants, parks and beaches, swimming pools, libraries, buses, and movie theaters. Sadly, you would even see some recreational areas posted signs that read, “Negroes and Dogs Not Allowed.” Racial discrimination deprived many African American’s of decent jobs and even the schools they attended. Segregation and harsh violence, including that of lynching, remained an ever-present threat for many Southern blacks. In the early 1950s, the United States Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Brown vs. The Board of Education that racial segregation in public schools was unconstitutional. Southern political leaders said that the desegregation decision violated the rights of states to manage their systems of public education, and they responded with defiance, legal challenges, and lengthy delays and because of that, the desegregation process moved slowly. By 1958, only about less than 10 percent of black children that were attending integrated schools…

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