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From Struggles To Improvement Essay

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The struggle for equality lead to the expansion of the civil right act in the middle of the 20th century. In the middle of the 20th century African Americans struggled for equality even after they were ‘freed’. This movement gave other Americans an opportunity and allowed them to recognize the rights they are entitled to have. The expansion of the civil rights act also allowed America itself to open its eyes and better evolved as a country. The expansion was a building block to the country we have today and the way we work together. In the past, even now, we forget that the only reason America is more evolved is our ability to get along and accept new things. Though it may take a ...view middle of the document...

This peaceful sit-in ended up taking place in more than 100 cities across the country in 1960. This was the start of a better living, one step at a time.

Another peaceful act happened when the Freedom Riders tried to stop segregation in public places. Thirteen people boarded two buses and sat in the whites only area. That day the first bus got attacked twice by an angry mob. The second bus was firebombed after the tires were slashed. These violent act pushed President John F. Kennedy to send federal protection to ensure their safety. The President did the right thing, he started to show all Americans how things should be.

Even though the sixties were mainly focused on the African American race, we can’t forget about the other races that tried to earn their equal rights. In 1962 Hispanics were also having problems. The working conditions for Hispanics were horrid, they worked in the hot and blazing heat for hours without breaks. All they wanted were to be treated equally and have equal pay. In able to get this they went on strike and marched 250 miles. In the end they got what they fought for. They also created a starting point for all migrant farm workers and allowed them to have equal pay and fair work conditions.

The incident at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church struck hard through the nation. Addie Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson, and Denise McNair, African American young girls, were killed in a church bombing by the KKK in 1963. The bombing increased the anger boiling in Birmingham, Alabama. The at the time mayor of Birmingham said “It is just sickening that a few individuals could commit such a horrible atrocity.”. I agree with what he said, and this only proved that Americans were slowly starting to fight for what was right. The Story of the four girls reached national and international press, which made some people feel as though they didn’t take the civil rights struggle seriously enough. A Milwaukee Sentinel editorial stated their opinion “For the rest of the nation, the Birmingham church bombing should serve to goad the conscience. The deaths...in a sense are on the hands of each of us. This bombing contributed to the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

In the 1960’s many ‘free’ African Americans tried to get their normal civil rights like voting. Most Caucasian people made it a huge goal to stop African Americans from voting. They created the Jim Crow laws, which limited the civil rights for all...

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