The Civil Rights Movement and racial oppression during the 1900’s was a crucial moment in American history. The “ugly truths” reveal that America’s own government is willing to allow the exploitation of a group of people based on the color of their skin, in order to serve the interests of those in power. As long as this group of people remained oppressed, their voices remained unheard—ultimately allowing those in power to continue to manipulate and shape the general public. The American Journey portrays the Civil Rights era as a general struggle for African Americans to gain equality, with the help of many American heros, such as John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. The central theme conveys the ideology that America, behind its leaders, collectively pursued a stronger and more unified future. In reality, the majority of America was doing everything they could to prevent African Americans from gaining any shred of equality in numerous facets of American life, such as voting, transportation, education, dining, the work place, etc. The text recounts the gist of the Civil Rights Movement through a retelling of names, dates, and locations—providing little more than a broad timeline of events. This supports the reproduction argument by keeping the people of America uninformed and unaware of the unjust capabilities of their government officials. If people were enlightened to the intricacies of the Civil Rights movement and all that it entailed, then they may begin to question the morals and intentions of their leaders. Moreover, throughout school, if students are unaware of an accurate portrayal of their nation’s history, then they will continue to function under the misconception that their government has the people’s best interest in mind. The American Journey fails to include specific, detailed accounts of events that occurred during the Civil Rights Movement, thus failing to depict an accurate portrayal of the conditions and circumstances that were endured by the oppressed. For instance, the Tuskegee Experiment was conducted between 1932 and 1972, and involved the U.S. Public Health Service gathering approximately 400 poor black men with syphilis in an attempt to study the disease. The men were never told that they had syphilis, nor were they ever treated for it. Instead, the men were told that they were being treated for “bad blood”. Furthermore, even after penicillin became a standard cure for the disease in 1947, it was withheld from the men. In return for participating in the study, the men were given free medical exams, free meals, and free burial insurance. This study resulted in dozens of deaths, as well as many wives and children becoming infected. The researchers, along with the government’s approval, cared more about how the disease worked than the lives of these 400 black men. The nation saw these men’s lives as an expendable resource. Another particular omission in The American Journey was the “Scottsboro Boys Trial”. In 1931, nine black teenage boys were accused of raping two white women on a train in Alabama. Their case included an all-white jury, a rushed trial, an attempted lynching, and an overall poor legal representation. All but one of the boys was convicted and sentenced to death. Through various appeals and retrials, all but two of the boys served prison…
required that all citizens must receive equal protection under the law (equal rights)
Civil rights Act: July 2,1964/ important in history because it outlawed segregation in all public places, schools, and places of employment
Plessy vs. Ferguson: 1896/ "separate but equal" ; important because it granted legislature immunity to states regarding race
19th Amendment: August 18, 1920; important because women gained the right to vote
C.O.R.E: (Congress of Racial Equality) September 22, 1963/ believe…
African American Civil Rights Movement
In 2008, we welcomed our very first African American President for the United States. On January 20, 2009, President Obama took oath of running the office for the next four years. Barack Obama’s inauguration set a record attendance for any events that has taken place in Washington, DC because people were witnessing history in the making. Attending the inauguration to watch the first African American President has never been done before and this is something…
Brianna Martins May 18, 2014
US History II (H) Period 3
Civil Rights Essay
The Civil Rights movement has changed conditions and opportunities for African- Americans all across the country, specifically in Newark. Although many feel that even though the Civil Rights Act was put into place segregation and injustice against minorities would still continue, in reality, today the discrimination of these people is subdued. Despite the arguments that the conditions for African-Americans…
Citizens within a country have civil rights that allow them to own property, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and to be treated as equals by governing bodies, groups, and other people. Men and women alike have civil rights, but the Civil Rights Movement started the racial equality issue. “The most turbulent liberation movement of the twentieth century addressed the issue of racial equality- an issue so dramatically reflected in the African-American…
Civil Rights Diary
Civil Rights Diary
I was a young African American woman involved in the Civil Rights campaigns with religious leaders and Martin Luther King, the motivation of the group was the right for people of color to vote. Black activists and other religious leaders including Martin Luther King started a voting rights campaign in Selma, Alabama on January 2, 1965.The leader picked Selma because of the reputation for ruthlessness and…
AFRICAN AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT
Movement started in 1954 and continued till 1968. It started in America especially in south its aim was to put an end to racial segregation.
Some leaders of civil right movement.
Key events: through pictures and their explanation.
1. Brown v. Board of Education, 1954
In the spring of 1951, black students in Virginia protested their unequal status in the state's segregated educational…
Civil Rights Movement Test-
Black Codes: southern state laws enacted after the Civil War that greatly restricted black mobility, economic opportunity and political expression. Lawmakers barred blacks from attending white schools, marrying whites, testifying in court, having a gun, or owning property. Southern states rewrote their constitution to separate the races from birth to burial.
Booker T. Washington/Tuskegee Institute: He believed in assimilating within the overwhelming…
When we hear the words Civil Rights, we often associate it with what we’ve learned
when we were in elementary about Martin Luther King Jr. delivering his “I Have a Dream”
speech before the world. The Civil Rights movements began centuries earlier when The first
slaves were brought to America in 1619. Africans were first brought in as slaves to America.
Since then the blacks have fought and demanded their rights. These first slaves began the
original Civil Rights movement. It wasn’t…
The African American Civil Rights movement refers to the movements between 1955- 1968 in the United States aimed at the illegalization of racial discrimination against African Americans. The processes and strategies used by African Americans during The Civil Rights Movement, consisted of a series of campaigns such as The Montgomery Boycott, Selma Montgomery Marches, and Greensboro Sit-ins. These campaigns highlighted the inequalities for African American’s, protests where non-violent.
about the civil right movement and realize that language is a really powerful tool to change how we see the world. I understand why we need civil right movement when I see the picture showed a kid hold a board says “ Segregation must go !” Black people suffered so much during the segregation.
Martin Luther king was an American pastor, activist, humanitarian and leader in the Civil Right Movement. He uses nonviolent civil disobedience based on his christian belief to contribute much to the Civil Right…