Three Social Movements of the Later Mid-Twentieth Century Essay

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This paper compares and contrasts three social movements of the later mid-twentieth century. The movements are: African-American civil rights The New Left (antiwar) The Feminist or Women's movement These three movements are a big part of our history and each of the three show that when many people with a common goal work together, especially when a leader takes charge, that sometimes non-violent acts such as speeches and protests are more powerful than fighting and they successfully create big changes. African-American civil-rights movement The African-American civil-rights movement came about in the mid 1950's as an act to stop racial discrimination, and discrimination based on skin color. As with the other movements…show more content…
And of course African-Americans wanted better lives, or at least the chance for a better life and the opportunities that any white man had. Blacks wanted the same opportunities. Those in the African-American civil-rights movement used non-violent methods to persuade the people in power, mostly whites of course, and to empower and rally up those who wanted to see and make a change, and to give hope to those in the black community. Some of the methods used were speeches, protests, marches, and boycotts, the most popular of course being protests with lots of powerful and motivating speeches. The goals of these actions were to get blacks the right to vote, fair and integrated education and employment, and livable housing. These goals were achieved, mostly in thanks to Martin Luther King Jr. leading a series of non-violent protests. Finally the “separate but equal” doctrine was dropped as whites realized that the separation in and of itself was a breach of the constitution because it could never actually be equal, and thus the African-American civil-rights movement made its mark. The New Left The New Left movement was made up of primarily white college students. A prime example being the students of Berkeley, who wanted to be allowed more involvement in the political world and as many other movements, they wanted their voices heard and they wanted “their rights.” At the core of the New Left movement was

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