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The Struggle of Minority Groups for Civil Rights

How did Minority groups struggle for civil rights begin the the 1950s?

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Here is your solution. As I have previously worked on similar inquiries before,I adopted some elements from them to create this solution.I believe that the discussion contained therein will help you understand the struggle of the various minority groups during the 50's and the Civil Rights Movement. Attached are two timelines one is a timeline putting together key events for the Civil Rights Movement in general and another particular timeline pertaining to key events of the Women's Civil Rights movement. Before reading/going through the solution I encourage you to print out the Civil Rights timeline detailing events from 1950-2005. It will really help you gain insight & make much more of the solution below. Thank you for using Brainmass.Good Luck!

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American Minority Groups

America was a country borne out of a group of people's desire for Freedom from oppression, under the Lockean belief of human equality. Despite this however, discrimination & racism coloured American history. Indeed, it wasn't until the early part of the 20th century when the American Legal System formally recognized African Americans as 'citizens'. In America then, how are minorities seen? Remember that America was born out of the former New England Colonies that were once under the British. Therefore, America is predominantly made up of Anglo-Europeans who can trace their roots back to Europe & the Colonial Period. In the 1950's, any group that are not equally represented & enjoying the same rights & privileges under the protection of the American constitution or could but due to ethnicity & other factors are discriminated against is considered a minority. Women since the birth of the nation have struggled for gender equality, hence back then they were also considered a 'minority'. There were of course the African-Americans who were big players in the Civil Rights movement. The American Indians are also considered minorities although they were not as politically visible as pushing for the civil rights movement as the feminists & the African Americans (Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, etc.). Today the Hispanics, American-Chinese, Filipino-Americans, Russian-Americans --- largely the recent immigrant population are considered to be part of the minority group & like the African Americans & the 50's Feminists are struggling to enjoy the Civil Rights won in the 50's. Discrimination by ethnicity and race however cannot entirely be avoided. It is a social stigma that will always be ...

Solution Summary

The Solution provides a discussion that highlights the various struggles that minority groups (including the Women's Rights groups) have gone through in the name of equality from the 1950's onwards. The solution contains attachments including a timeline of key events in the Civil Rights movement in US History.

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