Achieving Social Change: The Civil Rights Movement

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Social change is any large alteration in a free society that affects everyone. In the United States in 1861 the Civil War started, using violence to free slaves. The civil rights movement started in 1954, almost 100 years later, fighting for the same thing: equal rights. These two attempts to achieve social change were made using two different strategies, violence and nonviolence. The Civil War was fighting to get rid of slavery; the Civil Rights Movement was fighting for equal rights for everyone. The use of nonviolence achieved this goal with less death and with a better outcome, and therefore more positively. The best way to achieve social change is through peaceful resistance. Peaceful resistance positively impacts a free society. Some
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