The New Deal and the Civil Rights Legislation of the 1960's

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The New Deal of the 1930s and the civil rights legislation and movements of the 1960s were very different in what they did, but shared a common goal of bettering the country when they were introduced, and making the country better in the future. The New Deal of the 1930s and its programs were able to help millions of Americans get their feet back on the ground after the Great Depression. Civil rights legislation of the 1960s helped African-Americans get the respect and equality they deserved after slavery had been eradicated. Prior to the 1960s, there were a few attempts to pass civil rights bills. During the early 1960s, many believed it was time to finally pass civil rights bills that would make a serious impact on the country as a whole. The goal of civil rights legislation was to completely desegregate the blacks and whites, and had a vision of peace of equality. Martin Luther King Jr. wanted a demonstration, or protest, of the situation of the blacks and whites to be held in the most segregated city in the United States, Birmingham, Alabama. The Birmingham March took place between April and May of 1963. The protests and rallies were both peaceful and nonviolent. However, the police got tired of the daily protests and arrested hundreds that they found to be responsible for taking part in them and used unnecessary force, such as high pressured water hoses. As a result of these protests, President Kennedy made an announcement speaking out against racism
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