The Civil Rights Movement: Striving for Justice

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When Congress passed the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments, black Americans were guaranteed equal protection under federal law and could attempt to bring an end to the deep-rooted racial discrimination in the United States. At first, blacks sought to achieve equal rights through the lobbying efforts of such civil rights organizations as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Established in 1905, the NAACP set out to combat the so-called "Jim Crow laws" that were ...
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Overview

When Congress passed the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments, black Americans were guaranteed equal protection under federal law and could attempt to bring an end to the deep-rooted racial discrimination in the United States. At first, blacks sought to achieve equal rights through the lobbying efforts of such civil rights organizations as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Established in 1905, the NAACP set out to combat the so-called "Jim Crow laws" that were used to enforce racial segregation in the South. Through the work of Charles Houston and Thurgood Marshall, the NAACP's Legal Defense Fund won a series of cases culminating in the Browne v. Board of Education of Topeka decision of 1954. The case declared that separate educational facilities were inherently unequal and therefore unconstitutional. After this historic decision, the civil rights movement began to gain momentum. Activists such as Martin Luther King Jr. engaged in nonviolent protests in the form of boycotts, sit-ins, and marches. Thanks to the hard work and determination of these defenders of civil rights, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This law outlawed discrimination in public places, ensured that schools and other public facilities would be integrated, and made employment discrimination illegal.

About the Author:
Tim McNeese is associate professor of history at York College in York, Nebraska

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AGERANGE: Ages 13 to 18.

As part of the "Reform Movements in American History" series, this book takes a look at all the various events that brought about the Civil Rights Movement. The book is a complete and comprehensive look at one of the greatest accomplishments in American History--from explaining the history of slaves in America to describing the unfair discrimination that finally caught national attention and then support for change--including bits and pieces of the Reconstruction Era where many blacks were able to hold political offices until the South created new legislation that took all these newly acquired privileges away again. There are many detailed sidebars scattered throughout the text. These sidebars give further details of many of the various periods and events in the Civil Rights Movement. However, these sidebars along with the lengthy text make reading this book similar to any other high school text book about American History. With few scattered photographs or illustrations, readers will have to wade through a text-heavy, subject-heavy 142 pages before finishing the book. For those specifically looking for an all-inclusive study, this book is a good place to start. Chapter notes, bibliography, and index are included. Reviewer: Joella Peterson

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791095041
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/2007
  • Series: Reform Movements in American History Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents


A Defining Moment     7
A Legacy of Racism     17
Segregation Nation     28
The Fight in the Courts     44
Boycott in Montgomery     59
From Montgomery to Little Rock     70
Standing Up by Sitting Down     83
The Freedom Riders     92
Getting Out the Vote     106
Freedom Summer     117
Chronology     135
Timeline     136
Notes     143
Bibliography     146
Further Reading     148
Index     151
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