James Meredith Essay

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Tiscareno 1Tiscareno 3Jonny TiscarenoMrs. WatsonEnglish 1028 April 14James MeredithBetween 1955 and 1968, the Civil Rights Movement transformed the United States. This movement was led by non-violent protests and civil defiance. During this era, tensions between whites and blacks were at an all-time high and spiraling out of control. Through all of the turmoil, James Meredith, an African-American Air Force veteran became the first African-American to enter the University of Mississippi. Even though this event brought out evil and cruel sides of people, the end goal was ultimately achieved. Thus breaking down the social barriers that plagued America, one small step at a time.The first document is a letter written by James Meredith to the Justice Department in regards to the process of his admissions. He writes, "It grieves me deeply to realize that an individual, especially an American, the citizen of a free democratic nation, has to clamor with such procedures in order to try to gain just a small amount of his civil and human rights." (Meredith, Letter to The Justice Department). Written by James Meredith, the bias in this letter is sympathetic towards Civil Rights Movement. Mr. Meredith is requesting a fair and just admissions process regardless of race. This letter highlights the inequities Mr. Meredith faced even in his child-hood where transportation was only provided for the white students. He also explains the tedious delaying tactics that the state uses to delays his admittance to the University of Mississippi. Overall, this letter is a last stand for Mr. Meredith's battle against the state of Mississippi. He requests that the Justice Department intervene and "use the power and prestige of their positions to insure the full rights of citizenship for our people." (Meredith, Letter to The Justice Department).Similar to the first document, the second document is an article from a magazine where James Meredith details the events and the hardships he faced during his time at Ole Miss. Despite all of the heinous acts bestowed upon Mr. Meredith and his people, he still hadn't given up hope in humanity. "Personally, I have not been able to conclude that people are just concretely mean and naturally evil. I don't think that the worst segregationist, even the White Supremacist, wants to see other people suffer." (Meredith, I Can't Fight Alone) The bias from this article is again in favor of the Civil Writes Movement because it is from Mr. Meredith, one of the movement's leaders. This quote demonstrates the spirit and hope of Mr. Meredith and that of the Civil Rights Movement. Despite all the death threats, and with the entire state of Mississippi against him, he never stopped fighting for social equality. In the article he says, "the objective for all of us is clear:...

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