The civil rights movement

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Cleveland Sellers (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Fritz Mengert

Abstract: This study investigates the Civil Rights Movement from the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education decision through the 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. It attempts to determine whether the effect of social inequities on black Americans was a causal factor of the Civil Rights Movement. The author chose a normative, historic approach. Research is based on a review of existing literature, interviews with movement participants, documents collected by the author, and the author's own experiences as a participant in the movement. The study investigates the movement, the various indigenous national and local organizations that played a significant role within the Civil Rights Movement. Three distinct facets of the movement are analyzed: a. its characteristics as a social form; b. its impact as a social movement; and c. the development of its activists and participants. Questions about the causes of the Civil Rights Movement, its goals and ideology, how it functioned, and what caused it to terminate can be answered from current and available research. Little information exists on why people joined the movement, and which individual and group dynamics shaped and gave impetus to this great "transitioning machine." New research was needed to shed light on these questions.

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Language: English
Date: 1987
Civil rights movements $z United States $x History $y 20th century
Civil rights $z United States $x History
African Americans $x Civil rights

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