The Civil Rights Movement

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During the 1950s and 1960s, the Civil Rights Movement took place. Black citizens of America were all part of a large, organized struggle for justice and equality. The burden of racism became too much to bear and black Americans, tired of waiting for change, joined forces to protest. It is often acknowledged that the nation that was built on the principles of liberty and democracy was the nation that denied certain people their right to those freedoms merely because of the color of their skin. Sadly, many innocent lives were robbed by cruel injustices of society during the Civil Rights Movement. The Civil Rights Movement in America can provoke rage and shame, but it can also evoke enormous pride of the generations before us who were able to bring about massive change. The Civil Rights Movement is one of the most intriguing movements in the history of the United States.
The first Africans to arrive to America departed from their native lands under very different circumstances from those of other immigrants coming to America. Africans were ripped apart from their families and forced to go to America as slaves. During their voyage to America, also known as the infamous Middle Passage, slaves were held in slave ships which were unhygienic, unsafe and inhumane forms of transportation to the New World. During the Middle Passage, the men were crammed below the deck of the ship, which was an area riddled with disease and other horrifying conditions. The women and children were somewhat free to move on deck, but they were often subjected to violence and repulsive sexual abuse from the crew. Slaves in America endured years of abuse and mistreatment by their owners. Slaves were forced to work on plantations and serve their masters under hars...

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Throughout the history of the United States of America, human beings had made remarkable advances in all aspects of society. During the Civil Rights Movement, African- Americans had made notable progress in societal and political matters. In the 1950s and 1960s, blacks all over the country took on a colossal struggle for justice and equal opportunities. African- Americans fought a harsh battle for their rights, which they rightfully obtained in the twentieth century. The nation grew even closer together culturally when America’s first black president, President Barack Obama was inaugurated on January 20th, 2009. The Civil Rights Movement clearly illustrates the Martin Luther King Junior’s point that we should not be judged based on the color of our skin, but solely on the content of our character.
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