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During the period 1929 to 1990, the lives of the black people changed a lot, and overall by 1990, their lives had greatly improved. In 1920, 10% of the US population was black and most of them lived in the southern states. As a result of the Jim Crow segregation laws, they suffered the worst education, the lowest jobs, and they lived in separate areas of cities, known as ghettoes. There was a constant risk of attack by the Ku Klux Klan, and the lynchings of black people for petty crimes (without trial) were common public events. Black people lived lives totally apart from white people. Even in the army during the Second World War, the Jim Crow Army was for the black people and the main army for the whites. Despite the black people fighting for their country, they were still victims of bullying by most of the GIs in the army. During the Second World War, the membership of the NAACP, (the movement for black people's civil rights) had increased by 9 times by 1945. As a result of this, extra pressure was put on the government to improve the situation of the black people. Despite this, the only improvement made, was the law which made segregation in weapon factories illegal. The black people of USA still faced mass segregation economically, socially and politically. And although they had the right to vote, a written test had to be passed in order to confirm their right to vote. With poor education, this was virtually impossible for most African Americans. Small victories were won all the time. One example is the Bus Boycott in 1956. Black people were forced to move to the back of public buses, in order to make room for the whites. In 1955, Rosa Parks, a middle aged African...
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Civil Rights Activists Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois were both civil rights activists, yet one man's solution to the problems faced by African Americans in late-nineteenth-century America, was better than the other's. That man was Booker T. Washington. Booker T. Washington was born into slavery where as W.E.B. Du Bois was born a free man. Their different backgrounds created very dissimilar ideas of how the African Americans would achieve full civil liberties and equal rights. Having studied at Hampton Institute in Virginia, Booker T. Washington was motivated to spend his time promoting Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. W.E.B. Du Bois on the other hand, graduated from Fisk University in Tennessee and then became the first African American to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard. Washington preached that in order to gain understanding from whites, African Americans would have to concentrate on creating economic security by improving vocational skills. He told blacks to disregard their want for political equality. Du Bois, had a different type of audience and he led them to request full civil freedoms, an end to discrimination, and the recognition of human brotherhood. He mocked and jeered at Washington's ideas. Washington's ideas were nothing to be made fun of. He spoke to a people who had very little education, if any, yet had potential to learn. He spoke to people that were good at blue-collar jobs. He spoke from his heart to a nation of African Americans who deserved their rights, but needed his wise words to help them. Proof that Washington spoke on behalf of the whole African American community is in a speech he gave. He said: "To those of my race who depend on bettering their condition…cast down your bucket where you are-cast it down…in agriculture, mechanics, in commerce, in domestic services, and...
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So how did African-Americans get looked down on? Well it was in 1619 when Africans were brought to America as slaves for the white settlement. While slavery was eradicated after the Civil war the racism and segregation side of it still occurred. During the 20th century the fight for equality for African-Americans led to massive civil rights campaigns. While many of you may have heard of Martin Luther King there may have been things that were left out and today I will tell you a little more about the man that America calls their hero. Martin Luther King was born on the 15th January 1929. While he was originally known as Michael Luther King, he later changed his name to Martin. While Martin was formerly a preacher he became a figurehead of modern civil rights movement by 1957. He married Coretta Scott and raised four children. Both Martins father and grandfather were Baptist preachers and both were involved in the civil rights movement. Martin was very close to his family and at the time of his grandmas death jumped out of the second floor of his home but was fortunately not hurt. After graduating he considered careers in medicine and law but entered the ministry. As a boy Martin suffered racial discrimination. He recalls on one occasion he and his schoolteacher were ordered to give up their seats on the bus to white passengers. Martin did not want to move but at the time it was legal for segregation and Martins school teacher pointed out that they should obey the law. Martin Luther King practiced non violent means of getting his message across. Non violent can also be known as Passive resistance. So what is resistance? Passive resistance is the practice of applying power to achieve socio-political goals through peaceful protests, boycotts, non-cooperation, civil...
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no text avaiA Raisin in the Sunwas written a few years before the advent of the Civil Right Movement. Do you know anything about the Civil Rights Movement? You have probably heard about Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott. There is a lot more to the Movement than Rosa Parks. I'll give a very brief description of the Movement, but you might want to click here to read some more about it. Understanding the civil rights movement will help you better understand the characters in A Raisin in the Sun. The objective of the civil rights movement was simple: to obtain civil rights for African Americans. Civil rights is defined as a person's right to be a fully participating member of the government of his/her country, and also to be granted the full protection of the law. Right up to the 1960s, African Americans were not considered full citizens of the USA, and thus they could not vote. (Do you know of any groups in your own country who are not allowed to vote? Or who were not allowed to vote in the past?) African Americans could not be guaranteed full rights under the law, and were subject to all forms of discrimination. The worst form of this discrimination was the segregation laws, also known as Jim Crow, which ensured that Blacks could not use the same facilities as Whites. Thus, if you were to visit the US in the 1950s, and you were to go to a restaurant, you would see a sign saying "Whites Only". You wouldn't see Black and White students together at the same school. Members of the Civil Rights Movement wanted all these laws repealed. Read more about segregation laws here Quelle: http://collaborative.ucdavis.edu/ed180/an/The%20American%20Dream.html...
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James Mercer Langston Hughes was one of the most prominent writers that emerged during the Harlem Renaissance period. Hughes wrote in many genres, but he receives most recognition for his poetry. Hughes's poems are expressions of hope, aspirations, and pride. But most all combine the need for more equal treatment between the white and black races. Many aspects of including racism, the civil rights movement, and pride in black culture affected the work of Hughes. Racism influenced the themes of Hughes' work. Racism was a part of Hughes' everyday life because discriminatory practices remained largely unchallenged until 1941. In Hughes' earlier years he spent much of his time moving, and this added with being an African-American was difficult when it came time of fitting in as the usual student would. Hughes then spent a year with his father in Mexico as a release of the racism of the North. Moreover, Hughes themes of racism in his poems were greatly affected by what he felt inside. Hughes poem "Dream Variations" has the theme for African Americans in following their dreams and not allowing boundaries of race stop them. Also the poem creates a strong suggestion that the light and dark hours of the day correlate with white and black culture and people. The statement "the white day" not only connects the time when the sun is out but also hints that the whole work day world Hughes grew up in was mostly controlled by whites. Much of Hughes' work throughout his career was written about dreams and thought of as the dominant theme in his poetry. Racism greatly affected the themes of Hughes' poems because racism was part of Hughes' everyday life and because of how racism affected his emotions. The critical analysis of Hughes poems connects how he perceives racism and connects...
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"If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live..." (Miller, 121). These are the words of Martin Luther King Jr. as he speaks to a generation of followers with all the same goal in their eyes, racial equality. Born as a second child in Atlanta on January 15, 1929 to the son of a minister, King was a leader of one of the most influential movements in the U.S. causing people of all ages to come together in non-violent protests all for the same cause. Attending Morehouse College at the age of 15, King was a well educated person who is known for his work in the civil rights movement and his famous "I have a dream" speech. Married to Coretta Scott on June 18, 1953, MLK went on to accomplish many things in his life that would earn him the honor of noble peace prize holder. Although the negativity he received throughout his short life, King fought the odds and became one of the greatest influences of the African American civil rights movement. Racism...the belief that a particular race is superior to others; discrimination or prejudice based on race. (Websters, 723) King began his quest for racial equality in his childhood. Times were rough for African Americans even for those who were not old enough to understand race and color. King had noticed the inequalities to African Americans at an early age when he himself was not permitted to play with his "white" friends. From that day forth a man emerged from a child sharing his thoughts and dreams with the world. As he states his dream in his most famous speech delivered on August 28, 1963: I have a dream that one day, even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the...
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Many people believe that the Civil Rights Movement began during the period after the civil war. The Civil Rights Movement was the political, social and legal struggle by black Americans to gain full citizenship rights and to get racial equality. The biggest challenge of the civil rights Movement was segregation. Segregation was an attempt to separate the white and black races in every aspects of life to achieve white supremacy over blacks. Segregation became popular in the southern states following the end of the reconstruction in 1877. During the reconstruction period which followed the civil war most southern states was ran by blacks and republicans from the north. During this period the government passed laws opening up economic and political opportunities for blacks. By 1877 the Democratic Party regained control of the government in the southern states. The Democratic Party want to reverse black advancements made during the reconstruction period. To do this they began to pass local and state laws that specified places for whites only and others for colors. Blacks and white had they own restaurants, schools, transportation and parks. Many of these things for blacks were poorly funded compared to those of whites. This system also denied blacks the opportunity to vote. Between 1890 and 1910 all southern states pass laws that had special requirements for voting that prevented blacks from voting In spite of the 15th amendment to the constitution which was design to protect blacks voting rights. Some of these requirements was being able to read and write, property ownership, and paying a polls tax. If a black person was able to meet all these requirements he still was unable to vote in the democratic primaries because it was only open to whites. Because blacks were unable to vote they were powerless to stop whites...
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When one thinks about civil rights what may come to mind? Possibly a person may wonder about over what civil rights they themselves have. Others might remember a certain civil rights leader that was brought out during one of the greatest movements in United States history. However, even though people know of the civil rights movement a person could never really know what struggles thousands of people went through in order to reach and preserve the rights that we all enjoy today. Let us acknowledge how they went about doing so. Within the first section of the constitution it states; all men are created equal under god. Contrary to what this natural right says, if you a minority living up to or during the 1950s – 60s you would know that these were just words on paper, not a guideline that people lived their life by. Even though a natural right looks and appears fine on paper, if people do not abide by it; it means nothing. This was the first problem faced by activists during the civil rights movement, getting a natural right (which was protected under a philosophical basis) and making it a hundred times stronger as a civil right. In essence, this was what the root to what the movement was all about. Throughout the civil rights movement our judicial system sometimes had to act as the final word when it came to a civil rights issue. One of the first victories for civil rights activists occurred in 1954 with the Supreme Court case of Brown V. Board of Education. The court ruled that having segregation in public schools was unconstitutional act. This was a large battle that was won and it signified that the way in which people were living their lives was going to change. Civil rights activists...
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The Civil Rights movement in the United States was a political, legal, and social fight by African Americans to gain full citizenship rights and racial equality. The civil rights movement was a challenge to segregation, the system of laws and customs separating African Americans and Caucasians used to control blacks after slavery was abolished in the 1860s. During the civil rights movement, in the 1960s individuals (Many whites along with blacks) and civil rights organizations challenged segregation and discrimination with a variety of activities including protest marches, boycotts, and refusal to abide by segregation laws. There have been an enormous number of books published about the topic of the civil rights. One of the books written about the movement is called Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi written by John Dittmer. Bernadette Pruitt who writes for Peace and Change writes the first review and the second is by Bruce Nelson who is an associate professor of history at Dartmouth University. By Pruitt and Nelson, reviewing the monograph of the civil rights movement in the United States it can be determined weather or not Dittmer's book stays true to the topic at hand. Pruitt starts off by saying; "Dittmer details the civil rights movement in Mississippi between 1946 and 1968. The movement consisted of both local Mississippians working at grass root levels and non-Mississippians affiliated with national civil rights organization (Pruitt pg. 3)." Throughout the review she talks about some of the events that took place during the civil rights movement, that are mentioned in Dittmer's book. According to Pruitt, "Dittmer skillfully shows the civil rights and Voting Rights Acts of 1964 and 1965 had a tremendous impact on the Mississippi coalition of activists (Pruitt pg. 3)." In 1964 the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) workers organized the Mississippi summer...
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1 Introduction "I think God intended the niggers to be slaves. Now since man has deranged God's plan, I think the best we can do is keep 'em as near to a state of bondage as possible. . . . My theory is, feed 'em well, clothe 'em well, and then, if they don't work . . . whip 'em well." -- A Yazoo Delta planter, 1866 Today, in America where the present generation had grown up to respect all people, despite race, age, sex, or gender; comments such as this seem very out of place for our society. The Civil Rights movement was the political, legal, and social struggle to gain full citizenship rights for black Americans and to achieve racial equality. America was born out of a revolution, and the success of the Civil Rights movement proved that when people put their prejudices aside, and work together to strive for what they believe is just, anything is possible. The report begins by describing the type of segregation that was taking place, then, how the blacks began to resist, important events, and key figures in the movement. 2 Segregation Segregation was an attempt by white Southerners to separate their race and the blacks. The Southerners considered themselves to have ultimate supremacy over the blacks, and refused to acknowledge the humanity of black Americans. Most of the blacks knew that they had to put on a brave face, to mask their true feelings and actual personalities whenever they were in the presence of white people. The majority grew accustomed to the pattern of "racial etiquette" in their everyday lives. The White race treated the blacks atrociously. Blacks had to avoid looking whites in the eyes, and black men knew that they were not even allowed to indirectly look, at or touch a white women accidentally. Blacks must stare...
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