Political Movement In The 20th Century

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A myriad of changes have taken place in the United States during the 20th century. Countless innovations have been mirrored throughout the radical movements that have emerged through the dichotomy of United States politics. While many of these oppositions have seen their rise-and-fall, some have left a lasting impression. Without some of these influential, but failing movements, the American political system would not be experiencing the current state of defiance. One significant movement that began to pave the way for the more recent ideological bases of today was that of the Labor/Communist Movement. With several differing organizations underneath it—the Communist party, League of American Writers, The People’s Drama, Protection of the Bill of Rights, etc.—each had their own set of unique goals with…show more content…
Another prominent ideological base that took form during the 20th Century was the Civil Rights/Black Liberation movement. From this movement, came the rise of several predominant figures such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and W.E.B. DuBois. The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (abbreviated the SNCC) also emerged from this movement, based in the ideals that black people were not incapable of liberating themselves. SNCC fought for the freedoms of all men to be treated equally. They staged several sit-ins, protests, freedom rides and organized speeches and voting events to forward the movement and publicize their message. Their coalitions saw more success as more Americans valued the desegregation of communities and equal opportunities for persons of all races, and were eventually heralded as advocators of unity and peace. Their unwavering commitment to the ideals was even thought to have brought about the implementation of the Civil Rights Act of 1968. (Zinn,
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