African Americans And The Civil Rights Movement

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African Americans were brought to America during the colonial days by Britain, before the civil war, as slaves. They were the foundation of slave economy, being auctioned off and sold, with no thought given to their opinions, families, or lives. Throughout American history, African Americans have slowly fought their way towards where they are today. Their fight has developed into the Civil Rights Movement in the 1900s. Many historians would agree that the start of the Civil Rights Movement happened early in the 1940’s as approximately two million African Americans migrated North and West, as well as one million moving from farms into urban landscapes in the South. In the 1950s and 1960s, the movement was fighting in various arenas: the streets, the workplaces, and the courtrooms. The de jure of segregation in the South and oppression were brought down through these fights and through the international spotlight. Throughout the movement, there was a general sense of unity and purpose highlighting their successes. But as with all of human history, nobody fights exactly the same war. This essay will highlight the complex tensions and sometimes divisions along gender, class, and ideological lines within the Civil Rights Movement in the 50’s and 60’s. Each part of America had their own way of working with African Americans. To state the obvious, the South kept them oppressed and as a low-wage labor source as long as possible, and in the North a relatively free class was
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