It is safe to say that the 1960’s can be considered as one of the tumultuous decades ever. Aside from the rapid growth and progress as a result of the post-war boom, it was also the decade where this boom slowly waned. There were also several historical events that introduced many changes in US society. The 1960’s Civil Rights Movement was one of them.
The civil rights movement in the 60’s focused on the struggles of African Americans against discrimination and acceptance in US society as citizens of the land as provided for in the US constitution. The movement was seeking an end to racial segregation, which was still in effect in many US states, notably in the South. The movement started around 1957 but it was during the 60’s that the movement grew with increasing activity.
The movement was characterized by several major campaigns of resistance in order to help encourage dialogue and discussions regarding the bourgeoning African American civil rights. Several instances of civil disobedience and nonviolent protests resulted in several crisis situations that prompted parties from both sides to engage in dialogue and talk about the issues surrounding the plight of African Americans. Starting from the desegregation of schools, the movement slowly went on to take more serious issues regarding race such as voting, citizenship, and integration into the modern US society. The movement was asserting itself a lot that the decade eventually led to the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and that of 1968. The movement started to weaken around 1968 when internal alliances within the movement started to fray due to groups starting to focus on different objectives rather than working together for the common good. But the movement did achieve many important milestones during this period that has eventually allowed African American citizens to enjoy the same freedom and rights as white Americans.