The Fifteenth Amendment granted African-American males the right to vote in the late 1800s. However, through the use of poll taxes, literacy tests and other means, southern states were able to effectively discourage African-Americans. It was not till 1965, almost a century later, that the Voting Rights Act was passed by Congress and signed by President Lyndon Baines Johnson; enforcing the Fifteenth Amendment. But acquiring the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was an enduring task for African-American citizens and supporters. A perfect example is “Bloody Sunday”, where a group of activist, in their attempt to march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama protesting for the rights of voters, were beaten and left for dead of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama.
Ferguson gave a ‘constitutional nod, to racial segregation in public places; foreclosing legal challenges against increasingly-segregated institutions throughout the South” (Plessy v. Ferguson). This explains that the verdict of the case slowed civil rights movements for a longer amount of time had Plessy v. Ferguson been decided differently. “The rail cars in Plessy notwithstanding, the black facilities in these institutions were decidedly inferior to white ones, creating a kind of racial caste society” (Plessy v. Ferguson).This illuminates that although the facilities of black and white people were separate they were not equal, creating tension.“After four decades…the Supreme Court has consistently ruled racial segregation in public settings to be unconstitutional”(Alex McBride).This shows that although Plessy v. Ferguson was not decided to benefit everyone it eventually made a change. Over all, Plessy v. Ferguson indirectly started something bigger than itself although being ruled differently in the
The Significance of the Emancipation Proclamation to the Civil War The Emancipation Proclamation was very significant to the Civil War because Abraham Lincoln brought it up as a war tactic to make the Confederates vulnerable and when it was passed it had a very huge effect on the direction the war was heading and what was happening. He believed that if the slaves of the Southern states were free then the Confederates could not keep them for themselves so that they could do their work for them or go into war for them therefore their army would be weaker and it would limit their power which would get in their way of beating the other side. The Confederates efforts would deteriorate and they likely would not be able to beat the other side.
In the 19th century, slavery and the Reconstruction was a sore subject for the South. Reconstruction forged civil rights for African-Americans, but once the North’s influenced waned in the South, the South terrorized African-Americans and blocked them from accessing their newfound rights. While Reconstruction may have brought civil rights, those rights were quickly squashed by the South’s racism. Even after certain freedoms were securely gained, every new attempt to make African-Americans equal to the white populace was contested. A large group of people were happy to see slavery ended and civil rights rise.
When the justice for Mr King was not given rightfully, the people from the streets who went through alike problems hear about it, they immediately want change. From gang members who initiated the truce that helped decrease street violence, to the average high school student being active in protest around the city, the riots were portrayed heavily by the people affected by the beating. At these times, around the clock news and live television coverage followed but also in Ice Cube’s “The Predator” and Rodney King 's speech to the city of Los Angeles. Rodney King, intoxicated, speeding down the interstate had ignored all police sirens and warnings. He led the California Highway Patrol on a eight mile chase down freeways and city streets.
Johnson was forced to legislate a comprehensive voting rights draft that would protect the rights of all minorities throughout the entire nation. Johnson feared that the bill would not successfully pass so shortly after he had alienated fellow Southern Democrats with his urge for the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The president was aware that most states, specifically, the Southern states, wouldn’t openly accept the passing of the Voting Rights Act. Hence, president Johnson along with Congress in a conference, outlined the effort of the act and addressed that the law clearly limited the cunning ways election officials used to deny African American citizens to
Plessy v. Ferguson case was a racial incident that happened in 1892 and the court date was set on 1896. Plessy fought his battle, but the odds were against him. Plessy v. Ferguson case was a landmark case which had an impact on the segregation law “separate but equal.” It changed the daily lives of African American beings during the 1900’s. The case was looked into as a racial matter of discrimination for Plessy being an African American. Plessy was arrested for violating an 1890 Louisiana statute that provided for segregated “separate but equal” railroad accommodations.
Obama is, above all, is inspiring, giving, and good-hearted. Obama is inspiring for many reasons, even before he became president, he gave many public speeches with a certain zeal that had the ability to inspire others to take action. He is very passionate about all that he does, and this radiates. He was America’s first African American president, and this inspired many people by proving that hard work pays off, regardless of race. He worked hard to earn everything he accomplished, and this determination has been contagious.
The Civil Rights Movement was seen as the beginning of racial integration. In 1948, President Truman abolished racial discrimination in the Armed Forces when Executive Order 9981 was issued. Key figures like Civil rights activist Rosa Parks spurred a city-wide boycott that led to the segregation laws to be lifted. With the various laws lifted and rights of the minorities restored, this levels the playing ground for both the blacks and whites in trying to achieve the American Dream. Thus, the American Dream indirectly contributed to racial integration, first by stopping segregation, removing unjust laws and policies in place that were basically unfavourable to the blacks.
Luther was one of the many supporter of President Lyndon Johnson, however, "he became increasingly concerned about U.S. involvement in Vietnam and, as his concerns became more public, his relationship with the Johnson administration deteriorated" (“Martin Luther King, Jr., Speaks out against the War”). In his speech, Luther discussed how both whites and blacks were fighting together for our nations, yet if they were here, they would not even be close to each other: " So we watch them in brutal solidarity burning the huts of a poor village, but we realize that they would hardly live on the same block in Chicago. I could not be silent in the face of such cruel manipulation of the poor" ("Beyond Vietnam"). From this speech, we can all learn about the issues that occurred within the United
Because it resulted in the loss of the lives of four innocent protesters on May 4, 1970, the open fire of the Ohio National Guard on Kent State University students was not justified. Despite the fact that the rally may have gone overboard, the Constitution of the United States gives the students the right to organize and assemble freely,
After the 13th, 14th, 15th amendment a few things changed for them. On December 1 1995a black lady had refused to give up her seat to a white men, therefore she was arrested. On a bus all blacks were supposed to sit in the back and whites on the front. After that problem Ralph Abernathy and Martin Luther King Jr. had started a non-violent boycott on busses. The non-violent boycott lead to bus companies desegregating their buses.