The American Civil Rights Movement Essays

919 Words Sep 24th, 2015 4 Pages
From the establishment of the United States in 1776 to the African-American Civil Rights Movement during the 1960s, the citizens of this republic nation have been separated in their ideas. After eighty-seven years of its existence, the United States finally liberated its slaves, and it took the imperial republic one hundred and seventy eight years to legally end segregation through the eradication of the Jim Crow Laws. Throughout the history of the United States, the citizens of the nation were divided mostly because of race; however, the citizens are currently divided because of their wealth. Although the United States is mostly divided because of wealth, race is still a prominent factor. David Brooks in his satirical essay explains the vital differences between coastal and mainland America. Typically, Americans that live along the coast tend to be liberal and thus align themselves with the Democratic Party. Mainlanders associate themselves with the Republican Party because of their common views. Republicans and inhabitants of “middle America” are acutely conservative and religious. Brooks also indicates that coastal areas gravitate towards a diverse population, where as “middle America” is exceedingly white. Brooks concludes by stating that “We think that society is like a layer cake, with the upper class on top. And, like Marx, we tend to assume that wherever there is class division there is conflict.” He then adds “We are not a divided nation. We are a cafeteria…

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