The Civil Rights Movement During The 1960s Essay

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Since the time of reconstruction and slavery, black people have faced inequalities and unequal treatment to white people. Continuing one hundred years later with the Civil Rights Movement, changes were made. However, not enough to majorly effect the social imbalance, and, to this current day, black people still face inequality. Throughout history, the definition and fight for equality for black people has changed due to changes in environment and social movements. such as the Civil Rights Movement during the 1960s.
The oppression and inequality black people face can be dated back to the period of slavery and reconstruction. During the period of slavery, slaves were usually forbidden to read or write. “I had no regular teacher” Frederick Douglass recalls, “my mistress … had, in compliance with the advice and and discretion of her husband, not only ceased to instruct, but had set her face against my being instructed by anyone else” (Douglass 1). Black slaves were being kept from an education inclusive of reading and writing. This is an example of the inequality they faced, as young white people were given access to the education. There’s also the unfairness of slavery, Douglass points out to a white peer, “you will be free as soon as you are twenty-one, but I am a slave for life! Have I not as good a right to be free as you have” (Douglass 4). In this particular time in history, equality for the black man meant freedom from slavery and access to education. However, in the…

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