Most significant events 1940-1990

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This paper will discuss issues that are relevant to each period in history beginning in the 1950's and ending in the 1990's. Exploring each period with due appreciation of what happened and what it accomplished in relation to the United States. It is written to awaken your thoughts of past history.

The Face of RaceThe Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) was formed in 1942 with the vision to end segregation. They believed in peaceful methods to protest for rights of African Americans. The group raised awareness within black communities about equality and racial issues. They believed in making a strong statement by standing together in unity.

African-American soldiers fought for equal rights during World War II. They were segregated from white soldiers and were denied certain privileges such as bearing arms. Though some black soldiers attained high military ranks and did heroic acts, not one was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

(HighBeam, 2007)There were many countless acts of courage as African Americans faced racism and the challenge of fighting in World War II. The Tuskegee Airmen were one such unit that faced the perils of War and racism with tenacious courage. Their actions along with the actions of other African Americans in the forties strengthened the movement in the fifties that helped start the face of change in America about race and equality.

More African Americans and Americans from other races began to see the need for integration and equality among races in the fifties. One famous woman named Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on December 1, 1955 to a white male passenger and started a surge of protests around the country.

After the arrest of Rosa Parks, black people of Montgomery and sympathizers of other races organized and promoted a boycott of the city bus...