The Ethnic and Group Identity Movements: Earning Recognitionby Ann Malaspina
The civil rights movement of the 1960s sparked a larger movement among those Americans who felt marginalized by mainstream society. United by a particular characteristic such as ethnic origin, race, age, or disability, these identity groups emerged during this decade and began pushing for change. Groups such as gays and lesbians, American Indians, Asian Americans, senior citizens, people with disabilities, and many others lobbied for recognition. They pressed for respect, equal rights, freedoms, and a larger role in American society. By working together for a common cause, these groups found that they could achieve more than they ever had as individuals. Many of their efforts were successful. They helped to change and enact laws, build new support programs, and influence the political process. By banding together and taking pride in their identity, the members of these groups have helped countless others to lead more fulfilling lives.
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