African Americans And The Civil Rights Movement Essay

2200 WordsApr 1, 20169 Pages
On January 31, 1865, Congress passed the 13th Amendment which abolished slavery in the United States. This guaranteed everyone’s freedom against slavery and involuntary servitude. However, this did not free people from racial discrimination and equal rights. A perfect example of racial brutality was the summer of 1955 when Emmett Till was brutally murdered by two white men. This murder case promptly seized the attention of millions and modified the history of the United States. The Emmett Till murder case established itself as a defining event in the United States history because it became a spark to the Civil Rights movement, transformed people’s hearts and minds into realizing how dangerous segregation was, and it proved how African Americans did not receive justice during that time period. Emmett Till’s barbaric homicide was evidence used to represent racial discrimination and segregation. I chose this topic because racism was a crucial political moral issue back then which is still a problem today. I hope to learn how African Americans reacted towards the murder and their actions that led to the Civil Rights Movement. Historical Context During the 1950s, the Civil Rights Movement was introduced into the United States collection of historical events. The Civil Rights Movement was described as a period of struggle to obtain equal rights and privileges of U.S. citizens for African Americans. Long before the brutal murder of Emmett Till, racial segregation and
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