Although slavery was declared over after the passing of the thirteenth amendment, African Americans were not being treated with the respect or equality they deserved. Socially, politically and economically, African American people were not being given equal opportunities as white people. They had certain laws directed at them, which held them back from being equal to their white peers. They also had certain requirements, making it difficult for many African Americans to participate in the opportunity to vote for government leaders. Although they were freed from slavery, there was still a long way to go for equality through America’s reconstruction plan.
With the passage of the 1964 act. The government realized that there was a struggle of a more just and inclusive American that needed reconstruction, and we still had a long way to go to fix the issue. After the passage of the act, some civil rights activist was not satisfied that the act didn’t meet some of the goals, and in order to do that it would take some legislative action, judicial precedent and some mobilization in order to guarantee civil rights for African Americans. In return of the wave of protest by some activist, the US congress passed the voting right act of 1965, the act focused on the rehabilitation of the legacy of discrimination against African Americans access to ballots. There were definitely a wave of period of long
Before the founding of our nation, we were all considered human, all an individual, all connected, until affluence classified us, politics separated us, and the color of our skin spoke for us. This issue of racism, our skin color “speaking for us”, created political problems—one of them embodying voting discrimination among African Americans. To respond to voting discrimination, African Americans utilized demonstrations to rebel. In the Selma to Montgomery March of 1965, over 500 African Americans marched to demand voting rights. In response, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 granting minorities the right to vote.
Martin Luther King Jr. and the fight for Civil Rights When the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, lots of people thought it was a large step in the right direction for equal rights for all. This was not the case though because one hundred years after this important document was signed, the question of Civil Rights was still a massive topic of discussion because of the segregation and discrimination that the African Americans we 're faced with. One of the most influential African American leaders during this time was Martin Luther King Jr. This is because he helped publicize events for the African Americans, he spoke at many different events to show the world what he wanted out of the Civil Rights Movement, and no matter what happened to him, he never stopped fighting for what was right. Martin Luther King Jr. was a large reason for why the Civil Rights Movement had such a large impact on the lives of African Americans.
Over time, there have been many interpretations in the meaning of the 14th Amendment due to the use of both explicit and implicit language in the document. Having been written at a time when African-Americans were starting to get their rights. For some at that time, the 14th Amendment meant to just give African-Americans rights but as time progressed, the interpretation of the amendment was challenged and began to change. The 13th Amendment’s meaning is to end slavery in the United States except as a punishment for a crime. The 13th Amendment didn’t help African-Americans because states passed the Jim Crow laws.
The Civil Rights Movement was an ongoing fight for racial fairness that took place for over a hundred years after the Civil War. Martin Luther King, Jr., Booker T. Washington, and Rosa Parks led the battles that eventually made changes in the law. When most people talk about the Civil Rights Movement they are talking about the rallies in the 1950s and 1960s that led to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In 1870, Americans likely would not have anticipated the need for the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. In 1870, the Fifteenth Amendment guaranteed African Americans the right to vote.
The history of America is as much the history of freedom and triumph as it is the history of the segregation and oppression of African Americans. The acquisition of Civil Rights was not just contained in the movement of the 1960’s, but was a road that had spanned the entirety of the era after the end of Southern Reconstruction. If President Hayes had not agreed to remove Federal soldiers from the South, the Civil Rights movement would not have happened during the 1960’s, but would have happened much earlier. During the time of reconstruction, the rights of the newly freed African Americans was constantly in jeopardy, and it was an ongoing struggle for the fair treatment that was promised by the Constitution. When the North lost southern influence,
Racial segregation remained throughout most of the country until the 1960s. African-Americans did not possess the political rights that were granted to white people during this time. At this time, the civil rights movement pushed for equal rights and desired to change the nation’s laws and practices in regards to segregation. Protests and calls for self-reliance influenced equality across the country. With the civil rights movement came the “rebirth of feminism, the Chicano movement, gay rights movement, and the American Indian movement” (Henretta, 817-818) The West contested with Native Americans, while the South was involved in racism towards
America in the 1950s was a time of considerable conflict. Racial issues like discrimination was a fight African Americans had been fighting against for a long time. There were inequality and injustice among the people just because they were born with a different coloured skin. The American Dream, which promises democracy and equality for everyone, does not seem to include everyone per se, to segregate instead of integrate. However, it seems with the American popular culture, such as baseball and music, the possibility of integration sounds more achievable.
There are many familiar names associated with the civil rights movement such as Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and Malcolm X. All of these people played a huge part in helping blacks obtain what they wanted, but, unfortunately, many fatalities were also a result of what was taking place. Finally, in 1968, after a long-fought battle, the black community finally accomplished what they had been hoping for and this marked the end of the civil rights movement. Many acts were passed in congress along the way that prohibited the discrimination of others in schools and in the workplace, protected the right for blacks to vote, and gave all races an equal housing