This Essay deals with the Civil Rights movement. It talks about events that define that era.

Essay by mba3170High School, 11th gradeA+, February 2004

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The events described on pages 249-259 in "The U.S.A. Since 1945" fit the era very well. The main points presented in these chapters were the black resistance and rebellion in peaceful and violent ways. Examples of peaceful protests are Rosa Parks' refusal to give up her bus seat, and the March on Washington. However, violent protests, such as the Birmingham Demonstration, existed as well. These events fit the era of the 60s and early 70s nicely because sometimes the U.S. society was violent while at time was peaceful.

Aside from the civil rights movement, there were also protests of the Vietnam War. A large number of the U.S. strongly disagreed with the war, which ultimately led to protests, some peaceful and some not. By the late 1960s, the U.S. government was used to the protests of Vietnam. By adding the Civil Rights movement, only more problems were afflicted to the government.

In response to the new protests, actions were to be taken place. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was a major victory for the black community. This gave the African-American community a much more important role in American society. The act set up more jobs for the African-Americans and gave them the right to vote. But the major statement that was made out of this was that the government was clearly behind the Civil Rights movement.

The events described in these pages obviously fit the era of the 1960s and early 1970s very well. The focus of history textbooks and classroom discussions of this time period are the protests that took over our nation. The main point of Civil Rights movement was to gain equality and a voice in the community. The 1960s was a time of change, and due to the Civil Rights movement, changes occurred...