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Civil Rights Movement: Desegregation The Rising Tide of Discontent In the early 1940s, a public opinion survey revealed that the vast majority of white Americans believed blacks were content with their social and economic conditions. They were quite wrong. Although the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment in 1865 brought an end to the institution of slavery in the United States, black Americans had learned again and again, year after year, that the definition of "freedom" depended upon many things: the goals of those in political power, the national economy, international pressures, the mood of the nation, and the strength of the black masses and their leaders to influence all of the above. Since Radical Reconstruction, the nation's first great experiment in interracial democracy, African-Americans discovered that federal commitment to black suffrage, employment, land ownership, and civil rights was fleeting. Blacks
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This note was uploaded on 01/04/2012 for the course AMH AMH2010 taught by Professor Pietrzak during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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