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American Civil Rights movement The south was against the civil rights movement, although it was more of a civil resistance than a movement. From 1955 to 1968 there were nonviolent protests which produced a somewhat productive era between activists and government authorities. The white church was against the civil rights movement and found it to be ungodly. The was a fear of giving negros any rights at all. Even though historically the civil rights movement was from 1955 – 1968, it really began in 1779. Negros fought for equal rights from day one of their arrival to the United States. This would continue for quite some time and in the Great Revival period of the 1830s and 1840s Negros wanted their own place to worship god. The white church allowed this to happen and very could have been a turning point in the American Civil Rights Movement. The fourteenth Amendment which states as follows: The Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution was ratified on July 9, 1868, and granted citizenship to “all persons born or naturalized in the United States,” which included former slaves recently freed. In addition, it forbids states from denying any person "life, liberty or property, without due process of law" or to "deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” By directly mentioning the role of the states, the 14th Amendment greatly expanded the protection of civil rights to all Americans and is cited in more litigation than any other amendment. (Loc.gov) The fourteenth Amendment was a part of everyone that was a United States citizen right. However, it was never enforced which is what led to the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s. Every citizen whether you were white or a negro were to have the same right as the other however, negros were constantly being asked to leave restaurants and even had their own water fountain.
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In 1881, negros had come up with four objectives for the civil rights movement, to promote equal protection for negros, to eliminate all discrimination in public, to have the right to vote and to rid all Jim Crow practices. Negros did not have any rights and they absolutely were not protected by the police like white people were. When blacks would be out after dark, police would patrol and if they encountered any blacks they would be asked to go home. Often, Police officers would walk up to blacks and say, “hey boy don’t you know its past your bedtime.” This was a daily occurrence for the negro community and they had enough of this treatment.
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