The Role Of Civil Disobedience And The Civil Rights Movement

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Protests have long been an essential part of American life, employed to to draw attention to critical issues,events, and injustices. Ranging from peaceful marches to powerful acts of civil disobedience, not only in the United States but in Central American countries such as Nicaragua. This being said, civil protests and peaceful demonstrations were not necessarily more successful in exuding change than pieces of legislation but moreso acted as a catalyst for social change, leading towards legislation that would positively impact those who protested. The concept of civil disobedience and peaceful demonstration acting as a catalyst can be examined mainly through the protests during the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S. and the Sandinista …show more content…

The result of this boycott was the Montgomery federal court ruling that segregation on public transportation was a violation of the 14th amendment, which was adopted in 1868 following the United States Civil War that guaranteed that all citizens, regardless of their race, had the right to equal rights and equal protection under state and federal laws. Montgomery later appealed to the United States Supreme Court, which upheld the lower court’s decision on December 20th, 1956. This example of peaceful demonstration was significant because it displayed the effect of civil protest and it leading to the eventual change or reiteration of legislation,served as the impetus for the Civil Rights movements of the 1960s, and further recapitulated the argument that civil protest and peaceful demonstration acted more so as a catalyst for change in the advancement of the 1960s African-American community.

While the Civil Rights movement in the United States was one of the more prominent movements recognized throughout the world, there were other struggles occurring in the realm of civil rights in Nicaragua. This Somoza family ruled the country in a harsh and unscrupulous way for more than four decade and was later overthrown when workers, businessmen, peasants, students,

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