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Last Name 1 Name Professor Course Date Racial Prejudice as Depicted in the “Green Book” Movie Introduction The Civil War is one of the key formative periods in American history. It is typically understood as the war fought between the North and the South owing to the controversial enslavement of the black people. The south was predominantly characterized by the enslavement of the black population while the north had industrialized. This led to polarization around the issue of protecting free labor where members of the black community openly demonstrated against slavery often receiving support from the North. In a standoff that existed for four years (1861-1865), African American slaves vehemently resisted racial oppression and called for the abolishing of slave labor. This struggle culminated with members of the black community being granted basic civil rights following the ratification of the 14 th and 15 th amendment which served to ensure federal protection of these rights. It is worth noting that while the legal frameworks were outlined which conferred the African American community equal rights as enshrined in the United States Constitution, this did not end discrimination against the community. In line with this, while slavery had been officially abolished, racial discrimination and enforced segregation were still existent. This ushered in the civil rights movement which is described as a social justice struggle that occurred in the 1950s and 1960s to safeguard the rights of the blacks as outlined in the constitution following the prejudice and violence that they continued to experience even after
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Last Name 2 the abolishment of slavery. While the civil war was characterized by violent protests, the civil rights movement mainly used non-violent means such as pleas, legal challenges, petitions among others to attain incremental improvement in their status. The events that took place during this period are key to the American identity, especially for the blacks. As a result, a lot of focus, scholarly and popular, has been granted on the historical events in the USA on racial discrimination, equal rights movement, and equality. That being said, this paper is focused on contributing to this discourse by combining both approaches. That is, the paper will evaluate the movie “Green Book” which is set during this time to contextualize it with academic discourse on the historical events that took place during this formative period in regard to racial discrimination, equality, and equal rights movement. Green Book movie Directed by Peter Farrelly and produced in 2018, Green Book is an American biographical comedy-drama and it follows the true story of a working-class Italian-American bouncer, Frank Vallelonga who also goes by the nickname Tony Lip, who becomes the chauffeur and bodyguard to an African American classical and jazz pianist, Don Shirley, as he tours different venues in America’s Deep South in 1962[ CITATION Pet18 \l 1033 ]. Set
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