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Civ Rights Notes

By | May 2013
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The Civil Rights Movement
While Eisenhower = concentrating on Cold War issues tension btwn blacks + other Amers = rising Origins of the Movement
Jackie Robinson: baseball player
1947 hired by Brooklyn Dodgers as first black to play major league Pres Truman
integrated armed forces (1948)
introduced civil rights legislation in Congress
1950s: in South:
segregated by law in schools + most public facilities
blacks = kept from voting by poll taxes, lit tests, grandfather clauses, + intimidation Social segregation → poorly educated
eco discrimination kept blacks poor
Changing demographics
in N, blacks who joined Democrats during New Deal → growing influence in party politics in 1950s Changing attitudes in the Cold War
Cold War = played indirect role in changing gov policies + social attitudes U.S. reputation for freedom + democracy = compete against communist ideology for hearts/minds of Africans + Asians racial segregation/discrimination stood out wrong + need correcting Desegregating the Schools

NAACP = trying to overturn Supreme Court 1896 decision (Plessy v. Ferguson) - “separate but equal” 1940s, NAACP won series of cases involving higher education Brown decision
1950s NAACP lawyers led by Thurgood Marshall = In case Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka argued segregation in public schools = unconstitutional b/c violated 14 Amendment guarantee: “equal protection of the laws” May 1954, Supreme Court overturned Plessy case, unanimous Court decision Chief Justice : Earl Warren ruled:

“separate facilities are inherently unequal” + unconstitutional segregation in schools should end w/ “all deliberate speed” Resistance in the South
States in Deep S = fight Supreme Court decision
temporary closing of public schools
Arkansas in 1956: Gov Orval Faubus used state’s National Guard → prevent 9 blacks from going to Little Rock Central HS, as ordered by fed court Pres Eisenhower intervened → ordered fed troops stand guard in Little...
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