The Civil Rights Movement Of The United States Essay

776 Words Apr 21st, 2016 4 Pages
1945 through 1968 was a prominent period of time in United States history as it saw the rise of civil rights movements and an era of more progressive presidents. The federal government was partly in sync with the ideals of civil rights activists as both sides wanted the discriminated, which mostly included African Americans and women, to be officially recognized as equal and eliminate any segregation acts. While the government acted with a plan to gradually do so, activists wanted immediate change and took it upon themselves to do so through boycotts which some may or may not have been nonviolent protests. Documents 1, 5, and 7 relate to the roles the federal government has taken in the civil rights movement. Since President Harry S. Truman, the presidents from him onward made clear their stance on civil rights and advocated the equality of all people in the United States. In Document 1, he declared that “the policy of the President that there shall be equality of treatment and opportunity for all persons in the armed forces without regard to race, color, religion, or national origin. Though only pertaining to the enlistment of the armed forces, it marked the first step to equality and presidential support which would continue later on with John F. Kennedy announcing the end of segregation on live television before his assassination. His successor, Lyndon B. Johnson, actively pressed for immediate civil rights in similar vein to the protestors and insisted that it was time…

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