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Civil Rights in America 1950-1960 - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, you'll learn about what civil rights looked like in 1950-1960. You will learn about important people and events that took place during this time period. Completion of these lessons will help you master information such as:
- Impact of the Civil Rights Movement during the 1950s and the 1960s
- How the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. affected civil rights in America
- Important events from the Brown v. Board of Education case
- Segregation and desegregation in American schools
- Impact of the Civil Rights Acts of 1957 and 1964
- Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the background of this law
- How the Civil Rights Movement has impacted current trends
Our instructors, who are all professionals in their field, will guide you through these brief yet informative lessons. There are lesson quizzes that allow you to gauge your knowledge of the topics. In addition, there are video tags in the video lessons that allow you to jump around areas of the lesson that you want to focus more on. Text lessons have bold terms to emphasize information you should be comfortable with and there may even be links to other text lessons that have more information.
1. The Civil Rights Movement During the 1950s
The 1950s witnessed a rejuvenation of the civil rights movement. Learn about the transformation of the movement, its important events and the impact it had on the 1960s.
2. The Civil Rights Movement During the 1960s
The Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s was an extension of the progress made during the 1950s. Learn about the movement's landmark achievements, its fracturing and its legacies.
3. The Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
One of the greatest tragedies of the 20th century, the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., forever changed the landscape of civil rights in America. This lesson explains the circumstances of the assassination and its legacy.
4. Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas: Definition, Decision & Significance
In this lesson, we will learn about the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education. We will take an in-depth look at the facts surrounding Brown and the aftermath of the decision.
5. The History and Impact of School Desegregation
In the first half of the 20th century, schools were racially segregated. As society progressed, the courts began to rule that segregation was not legal. In this lesson, we'll look at some of the court cases that shaped segregation and desegregation in American schools.
6. The Civil Rights Act of 1957: History & Significance
Civil rights didn't just magically appear at a given date in the United States. Instead, it was a long road to get there. The Civil Rights Act of 1957 was an important step on that road, although one that itself proved to be quite weak.
7. What is the Civil Rights Act of 1964? - Summary, Effects & Impact
This lesson discusses the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as well as the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Learn more about the history and impact of these landmark pieces of legislation.
8. The Voting Rights Act of 1965: Definition, Summary & Facts
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 provided protection for minorities against discriminatory practices in voting. We'll consider its historical background, its provisions, its amendments, and its recent interpretation by the Supreme Court.
9. Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed more than 50 years ago, but still its effects, and the effects of later programs, are felt today. That said, the intervening years have been far from perfect in the pursuit of real civil rights.
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