Civil Rights And The Civil War

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After the Civil war in the late mid 1800’s constitutional amendments were made to abolish slavery, give former slaves citizenship and give the right to vote regardless of race. Even though these laws were passed throughout the rest of the 1800’s and 1900’s segregation of race was a major part of the lifestyle of southern states in America. From area that was built on slavery and use a human labor, accepting change wasn’t an easy task for southerners. It wasn’t until 1964 that an actual Civil Rights Act was passed to end segregation of public places and banned discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion or sex. With these laws being passed, the south still decided to live in their own way and continued to oppress blacks. These ways of the south made way for one of our most famous civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. He fought to be a voice for blacks to be treated as equal citizens in America, King lead many protest and gave people hope for equality in America. One of Kings most important protest was his attempted to march the blacks of Selma, Alabama to the capitol of Montgomery to register to vote. In his many attempts to march to Montgomery he was met with major resistance from the Segregated souths local and state authorities which eventually caught the eye of national attention, which shed light of the acts and oppression against blacks in the south. After the passing of civil rights act in 1964, president Lyndon Johnson felt that the
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