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From the fight to end slavery in the 1850's to the fight for the right to vote in the 1950's, we've got it all! Learn what civil rights leaders were fighting for by clicking on the issue that interests you most!
The fight to end slavery was a very important part of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. From Sojourner Truth to John Brown, learn how some people hated slavery enough to spend their entire lives working to end it. Read about the Underground Railroad and the people like Harriet Tubman and Nat Turner who helped slaves escape to freedom. Find out how Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass helped make the Civil War the war that ended slavery.
The people who led others to freedom had a dream to end slavery. Escaped slaves like Harriet Tubman returned to the South again and again, risking their lives to help others become free. Even white people like John Brown hated slavery and spent their lives helping to end it.
Many people helped change the laws that allowed slavery and segregation. People like Homer Plessy, Linda Brown, John F. Kennedy, and Dred Scott took their fights against unfair treatment to the Supreme Court and even the White House. Learn how they were able to change the laws through their hard work and dedication.
Many people fought back against the Civil Rights Movement. They believed that it was right for white people to be treated better than black people. The Ku Klux Klan threatened Blacks to keep them from voting and moving into white neighborhoods. Other racists fought to keep black students out of their schools, like in the cases of Ruby Bridges and the Little Rock Nine, when even the governor of Arkansas fought against the Civil Rights Movement.
Some of the biggest battles to end segregation were fought in schools. Blacks wanted their children to have better schools like Whites did, and Whites didn't want Blacks in their schools. Brave children like Ruby Bridges, Linda Brown, and the Little Rock Nine wouldn't settle for second best schools.
Many people fought for desegregation in hundreds of other areas. They believed Blacks should be treated equally in restaurants, theaters, restrooms, and buses. People like Martin Luther King, Jr., Jesse Jackson, Malcolm X, John F. Kennedy, and Rosa Parks didn't think black people should be separated from Whites just because of the color of their skin.
Many people helped get African Americans the right to vote. Laws passed during the Civil War and Reconstruction helped Blacks get the right to vote. People like Jesse Jackson and Martin Luther King, Jr. helped fight against the people who still kept Blacks from voting one hundred years later.
Two important presidents led the country through tough times for the Civil Rights Movement. Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy helped change laws and change people's thinking about how black people should be treated.
Many people lost their lives fighting for civil rights. Nat Turner, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr. gave their lives for others' rights all because they loved their people and dreamed of equality.
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