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  • Cival Rights Act 1964 - 1,990 words
    When the Government Stood Up For Civil Rights "All my life I've been sick and tired, and now I'm just sick and tired of being sick and tired. No one can honestly say Negroes are satisfied. We've only been patient, but how much more patience can we have?" Mrs. Hamer said these words in 1964, a month and a day before the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964 would be signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. She speaks for the mood of a race, a race that for centuries has built the nation of America, literally, with blood, sweat, and passive acceptance. She speaks for black Americans who have been second class citizens in their own home too long. She speaks for the race that would be patient ...
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  • Reconstruction - 1,156 words
    After the Civil War ended, President Lincoln was faced with the task of rejoining a Union which was thriving less than fifty years earlier. In 1863 to achieve this goal, Lincoln introduced his restoration plan to the country. During this time of Reconstruction many compromises were made in order to bring the south into American society once more, while incorporating the needs of the newly emancipated slaves. Although Lincoln was very helpful in trying to join the north and south, he was assassinated before and his successor, Andrew Johnson disliked by the majority of the nation, could not follow through with its ideals. During this time, ex-slaves were trying to integrate into the new Americ ...
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  • None Provided - 1,290 words
    John F. Kennedy was president during this time period and we were under Democratic leadership. Kennedy's first year in office brought him considerable success in enacting new legislation. Congress passed a major housing bill, a law increasing the minimum wage, and a bill granting federal aid to economically depressed areas of the United States. The most original piece of legislation Kennedy put through Congress was the bill creating the Peace Corps, an agency that trained American volunteers to perform social and humanitarian services overseas. The goal of the Peace Corps was to promote world peace and friendship with developing nations. However, after his initial success with Congress, Kenn ...
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  • Reconstruction - 1,330 words
    The Era of Reconstruction following the Civil War was a period marked by an intense struggle to restore a worn-out and devastated society. The war, which was aimed at confronting the national problem of slavery, only led to subsequent dilemmas over emancipation and an undefined condition of freedom. Some had naively believed that ending slavery would solve the problem of racial inequality, overlooking the prejudice and uninviting atmosphere towards blacks. Questions over how to reinstate a disloyal population with the fall of the Confederacy and restore a destroyed southern territory rang throughout the nation. Although the former slaves were undeniably freed, the foundations for a racial de ...
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  • Lbj - 1,056 words
    Describe the successes and failures of president Johnson in his attempt to build a great society in the U.S.A in the years 1963-1968 A third of a century after Lyndon B. Johnson abandoned his five-year roller coaster as president; his attempts for the betterment of mankind were not always met with approval. Conservatives disdain his Great Society, while liberals excoriate his Vietnam policy. Reganites group Johnsons tenure with the Nixon, Ford, and Carter administrations in a quartet of presidential failures that precipitated their revolution in the transformation of America and her people. Yet Lyndon Baines Johnson was one of the great Liberal nationalists of the American century. In Congre ...
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  • Andrew Young - 1,386 words
    Speaking of Andrew Young and his personal accomplishments is difficult to relate to without involving a whole society and their struggles. It is also unkind to speak of the Civil Rights Movement and the heights it attained without illustrating the great dignity of Andrew Young. Many years of his life, has been dedicated to the movement; in a sense he has lived it. For many years his family was a state of mind rather than a physical being from his constant absence. He would crash with fatigue almost every night in strange motels across the bitter south after countless marches and demonstrations just to better the lives of millions of people he never met. Along with Andrews assemblage, the SCL ...
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  • John F Kennedy - 1,060 words
    ... I. He had three children. One daughter and two sons. Kennedy's youngest son died in less than 48 hours after his birth. In 1957, Kennedy became a member of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and he later won a place on the Senate Committee on Improper Activities in the Labor Management Field. His brother Robert served as chief counsel in the same Committee. In 1958, he spent many of his weekends campaigning for reelection in Massachusetts. "His Margin of victory, 874, 000 votes, was the largest ever recorded in a Massachusetts senatorial contest." (Encarta' 95). Kennedy now began speaking out on foreign affairs. He was a severe critic of France's refusal to make concessions ...
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  • Kennedys Career Decisions - 1,354 words
    Faced with the problem of choosing a career, Kennedy worked for several months in 1945 as a reporter for the Hearst newspapers, covering the conference at San Francisco that established the United Nations. There he noted the "belligerent Russian attitude." Ultimately he decided on a political career and returned to Boston. In so choosing, he took the place of his brother Joseph, who had seemed destined for politics but had been killed in World War II. His opportunity came when James M. Curley vacated his seat in the House of Representatives from the overwhelmingly Democratic 11th Massachusetts Congressional District to become mayor of Boston. Early in 1946, Kennedy announced his candidacy in ...
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  • Civil Rights Movement - 1,123 words
    Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X were both African American leaders during the 50s and 60s that tried to make things better for other African Americans. Though their views were very different they did a lot of things for their people. Martin Luther King Jr. believed that violence did not help the problem it added to it, but Malcolm X was known for his by any means necessary approach. Martin Luther King Jr. had enormous impact on the desegregation of the United States in the 1960's. He had arguable the largest impact of any civil rights leader of his time. King began his civil rights activities in 1955, when he protested Montgomery's segregated bus system. The protest was started after an ...
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  • The 60s - 1,211 words
    Many social changes that were addressed in the 1960s are still the issues being confronted today. the '60s was a decade of social and political upheaval. In spite of all the turmoil, there were some positive results: the civil rights revolution, John F. Kennedy's bold vision of a new frontier, and the breathtaking advances in space, helped bring about progress and prosperity. However, much was negative: student and anti-war protest movements, political assassinations, and ghetto riots excited american people and resulted in lack of respect for authority and the law. The decade began under the shadow of the cold war with the soviet union, which was aggravated by the U-2 incident, the Berlin w ...
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  • American Slavery - 1,810 words
    ... ated whites and blacks was the freedom that blacks never experienced. To him, what made whites "superior to" blacks was the rights whites and white society chose to give themselves but forbade blacks. Douglass expressed these feelings in his Fourth of July address to the nation in 1852: I am not included within the pale of this glorious anniversary! Your high independence only reveals the immeasurable distance between us?The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity, and independence, bequeathed by your fathers, and sheered by you, not by me? This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn? What to the American slave is your 4th of July? I answer; a day that ...
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  • Social Changes In The 60's - 1,254 words
    Many social changes that were addressed in the 1960s are still the issues being confronted today. the '60s was a decade of social and political upheaval. in spite of all the turmoil, there were some positive results: the civil rights revolution, john f. Kennedy's bold vision of a new frontier, and the breathtaking advances in space, helped bring about progress and prosperity. however, much was negative: student and anti-war protest movements, political assassinations, and ghetto riots excited american people and resulted in lack of respect for authority and the law. The decade began under the shadow of the cold war with the soviet union, which was aggravated by the u-2 incident, the berlin w ...
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  • Making Sense Of The Sixties - 1,330 words
    Many social changes that were addressed in the 1960s are still the issues being confronted today. The '60s was a decade of social and political upheaval. In spite of all the turmoil, there were some positive results: the civil rights revolution, John F. Kennedy's bold vision of a new frontier, and the breathtaking advances in space, helped bring about progress and prosperity. However, much was negative: student and anti-war protest movements, political assassinations, and ghetto riots excited American people and resulted in lack of respect for authority and the law. The decade began under the shadow of the cold war with the Soviet Union, which was aggravated by the U-2 incident, the Berlin W ...
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  • James Baldwin - 1,160 words
    American Negro In James Baldwins essay, The American Dream and the American Negro, as he reflects on the experience of black Americans, he states that the so-called American Dream does not apply to the American Negro. Baldwin says that the American white man does not take notice or appreciate the hard and free labor the American Negro did which helped to build the United States. He uses many examples to show the reader difficult plight of black men and women in America. The South is used as an example. He states that it could not conceivably be what [it is] if it had not been (and this is still so) for the cheap labor (Baldwin p380). The statement is bold, but effective in illustrating his p ...
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  • The Civil Rights Act Of 1991 - 1,177 words
    The constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights were suppose to be enough to guarantee equal rights for all people, however, after the emancipation of slaves the government needed to ensure the equality of the freed people so created the Civil Rights Act of 1866. Since then there has been Civil Rights Acts in 1871, 1957, 1964, 1972, and 1991. Each act reinforces the one before it, and adds one or two new provisions. This repetitive action shows that the only way people pay attention to a civil rights act is if another is brought to light, and remind society that everyone is supposed to be treated equally. The most recent Civil Rights Act of 1991 was a compromise culminating from ...
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  • Biography Of John Fitzgerald Kennedy - 1,965 words
    John Fitzgerald Kennedy has changed the lives of many Americans and their future generations. He fought communism, seen as an evil presence in our wold, in the Soviet Union, Cuba and China. In doing so, he prevented many people of the world from being harmed. Kennedy ensured equality for all Americans, rich or poor, black or white. He led an advance in civil and human rights, and was well liked by many of the American people. He is seen as one of the most influential Presidents ever to have been elected. Many people regard JFK as legacy. He changed the views of American citizens and helped boost the economy, not only in the United States, but globally. Beginning of political career Faced wit ...
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  • America In The 1960s - 1,580 words
    The Nineteen Sixties was a decade that changed America forever. The people reformed the decade not so much by the government. The Sixties contained more spiritualism, people were against the Vietnam war, protests, civil rights, and new beliefs on every aspect of living. The topics that arose during the sixties were not small; when they were accomplished or challenged the outcome changed American society forever. Most legislative bills passed in the sixties still remain today. The Domino Effect was the scare of the spread of communism in East Asia during the Vietnam War; the theory was spread and made to sound like communism would take over the world in time. This theory is one of the reason ...
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  • Common Sense, Paine, And America's Most Important Leaders Of The Protest - 1,393 words
    ... nd many people let political cartoons give them a fresh perspective on events. Nast began his career at the age of 15, being hired by Leslie's Weekly. In 1862, Nast became employed by Harper's Weekly, an throughout the Civil War he penned many patriotic drawings, exhorting Northerners to join in the fight to crush the Rebels. Nast protested that the Rebels were in violation of the Constitution and as such must be dealt with harshly. President Lincoln was so impressed by Nast's work that he complimented the cartoonist for being "our best recruiting sergeant" (Levenstein 75). After the war, Nast was particularly involved in protesting Andrew Johnson's attempts to weaken Reconstruction. For ...
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  • Reconstruction In The South - 943 words
    This essay will describe the events that occurred following the Civil War in a period known as Reconstruction. In the South, during this period of time many people suffered from the great amount of property damage done to such things as farms, factories, railroads and several other things that citizens depended on to keep their economy strong. Some of these economic hardships included destruction of the credit system and worthless Confederate money. Though statistics in the South were vague the historian E.B. Long, a careful student of war strengths suggests "perhaps 750,000 individuals would be reasonably a close" as an estimate of Southern enrollments in the armies and navy. In the South R ...
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  • Black Code - 1,356 words
    After the American Civil War the Radical Republicans advocated the passing of the Civil Rights Bill, legislation that was designed to protect freed slaves from Southern Black Codes (laws that placed severe restrictions on freed slaves such as prohibiting their right to vote, forbidding them to sit on juries, limiting their right to testify against white men, carrying weapons in public places and working in certain occupations). In April 1866, President Andrew Johnson vetoed the Civil Rights Bill. Johnson told Thomas C. Fletcher, the governor of Missouri: 'This is a country for white men, and by God, as long as I am President, it shall be a government for white men.' His views on racial equal ...
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