“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” wrote Martin Luther King in his from letter from a Birmingham jail (King 269). The 1960’s would become a time of protests movements and injustice and inequality would be the common theme. For two groups in particular, African-Americans and Women, inequality had gone on for a very long time. The Civil Rights Movement, followed by the Women’s Liberation Movement would use similar tactics and reasoning to try and get what they wanted. The protests and movements during the 1960’s saw the United States policing the world during the Cold War to establish freedom and used this hypocrisy to try and establish their own freedom.
The cause of the American Civil War has been a politicized subject for the past 152 years. There are many different theories for what the main cause is, however the best answer is an all of the above approach. The cause of the war that divided the nation cannot be narrowly defined into a single issue but each cause is affected and tied together. The main causes that resulted in the Civil War were the issue of nullification, tariffs, but most importantly just an overall difference in their ways of life. Yes, slavery was a cause of the war, but that was not one of the central causes that popular belief has engrained in us all, however, the role that slavery had will be discussed.
Historical Perspective The United States has long battle the issue of slavery that didn’t even begin in the U.S. but has migrated here in any event. There were harsh sentiments among blacks and has translated in horrifying events. As time went on and laws changed, the mentality of the people remained the same. There were always feelings of supremacy by whites and being equal wasn’t an option. The Civil War as well as the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment in 1865 brought an end to slavery, but the strong feelings remained.
Slavery has brought about a lot of controversy and stirred emotions even in today's society which has left a big impact on the people. In the documents, Ads for Runaway Servants and Slaves (1733-72), Lydia Maria Child's Propositions Defining Slavery and Emancipation (1833) and Lydia Maria Child's Prejudices against people of color (1836), describes the life of slaves along with the different views of the North and the South. Slavery is a system under which people are treated as property and are forced to work, even in conditions where it can become unbearable and where the government has a say in the slaves lives and although slavery has been abolished, the results from slavery can never be erased. In the south, slavery was a oppression of the government. There were "southern defenders of slavery taunted abolitionists by arguing that wage workers in the North and England were equally slaves" and that "women were equally" treated unjustly, which means slavery was a way for the government to take advantage of their power (Balkin and Levison 1463).
It was a period of time when Americans stood up and took full advantage of liberalism in America and their God-given right to freedom of speech to create a decade bursting with social revolutions. The Civil Rights Movement, Counter Culture and the War in Vietnam were three of the most prominent events during this era and helped to define the 1960’s as arguably the most influential decade in our nation’s history. The Civil Rights Movement was marked by public uprisings against segregation and the fortitude of Black-Americans to achieve equal rights among the whites. Many young people used music, drugs, politics and alternative lifestyles in search of a better world and to rebel against the older generation to create what came to be known as counterculture. The Vietnam War further divided the country with opposing views on the situation and public disapproval of the actions of our president.
Due to their different views on society and ways of generating money, many people such as abolitionists and pro-slavery apologists had entirely different views. Americans proved to have too many differences that violence and other virulent events were inevitable. Slavery was just too much of a convoluted problem for a juvenile nation, such as America to figure out. As stated in lecture, the impact of slavery shaped both the societies and economies of the North and South, which ultimately led to numerous conflicts. These conflicts include; the Tariff of 1828, the Kansas Nebraska Act and the Missouri Compromise, which eventually formulated the start of the American Civil War.
Televisions have been entertaining families in America for many years, reflecting the social norms of different time periods. Since the 1960s, social rules and norms governing what is “right and wrong” in America have changed profoundly. As journalists, my group and I were interested in how changing social boundaries affected what shows were on television, resulting in this research question: How has television entertainment reflected the social movements over the last 50 years? I focused on how social movements and society’s acceptance of racial equality affected how African Americans were showed on television. Since the 1960s, there have been multiple social changes impacted African Americans.
The rise of such speeches mostly made during demonstrations and mass actions across the United States were based on the continued oppression against the Black American population. Such oppression received such wide outcry more so due to the fact that it was perpetrated by the same government that was meant to act as a protector of its subjects. To great length, the group’s freedom of speech and assembly constantly faced oppression and as such the masses we... ... middle of paper ... ...ights. He challenged that the African-Americans were to be realized as American citizenry by right and be conferred upon all such rights as were envisaged to be theirs if at all there was to be enjoyment of civil liberties. He also opinioned that there was need to be genuine seek for the administration of the same as the then leaders were only seeking to confer the same rights and freedoms so as to woo the blacks to vote them back in power (Malcolm X, 1963).
Marlon T. Riggs’ video, Color Adjustment, offers the viewer an exciting trip though the history of television, focusing on the representation, or lack thereof, of African-Americans. A perfectly chosen combination of television producers, actors, sociologists, and cultural critics join forces to offer insight and professional opinion about the status of African-Americans in television since the inception of television itself. As Color Adjustment traces the history of television shows from Amos n’ Andy and Julia to "ghetto sitcoms" and The Cosby Show, the cast of television professionals and cultural critics discuss the impacts those representations have on both the African-American community and our society as a whole. Color Adjustment continually asks the question: "Are these images positive?" This video raises the viewer’s awareness about issues of positive images for African-Americans on television.
During the late 1960's civil rights is becoming a largely pressing issue all across America. Many American citizens at this point have been told equal rights are on the way and that there will be great changes to come to the country. Tyson even states “We are runaway slaves from our own past, and only by turning to face the hounds can we find our freedom beyond them.” (Tyson). He is saying something has to be done in order to have this freedom. The black community has to stand up and face the challenges that are placed in front of them.