The American Dream

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Freedom, opportunity and a better life. Regardless of social class or circumstances of birth. The American Dream, an ideal defined by James Truslow Adamas in 1931. Something Americans want to live by. A large contrast to what the situation was like for many people in the country. The oppression of non-white people has been a dark past in the history of the United States. In this essay, I will direct my attention towards the more recent Civil Rights Movement in the United States, which reached national prominence between 1954 and 1968. I will look at three of the best-known incidents of nonviolent protests, then discuss to what extent it reached its goals, and if a similar movement in contemporary America is needed. To answer this question, one must first establish what the goals for the Civil Rights Movement was. If we look to Martin Luther King jr. and his speech, “I have a dream” delivered on August 28, 1963, we will find the essence of their goal. It reads as follows, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.” Trough social movements, people wanted to end racial segregation and discrimination against African Americans. One of the most famous occurrences of civil disobedience in America started with Rosa Parks. On December the 1st, 1955, she refused to give up her seat to a white person. This gave the African Americans a front figure for their
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