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Unit VI: Civil Rights (9,11)

Essential Questions: 
  • What factors gave rise to the Civil Rights Movement (African American, Latinx, Women, Native American, Asian American, LGBTQ)?
  • What methods did the Civil Rights Movement employ to achieve equality?
  • What were the outcomes of the Civil Rights Movement?

The courageous actions of individuals and groups following World War II moved the cause of racial equality to the forefront of American consciousness. Various approaches were taken by civil rights activists.   The decades of the 1950s and 1960s saw an expansion and enforcement of legislation regarding the protection of African-American civil rights as the Supreme Court struck down the concept of separate but equal.  

Moreover, the pressure for full equality for women intensified. Employment and educational opportunities began to expand for women in the 1960s. Women began to demand equal pay for equal work and equal job opportunities.  Inspired by the successes of the civil rights and women's movement in the 1960s, many other minorities then demanded equality.


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