DA4004 Most Significant Events Final Assignment Wk 9

DA4004 Most Significant Events Final Assignment Wk 9 -...

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Running head: MOST SIGNIFICANT EVENTS OF THE 1950'S, 1960'S, 1 Most Significant Events of the 1950's, 1960's, 1970's, 1980's, and 1990's Donna Kelly Alcorn HIS/135: The American Experience Since 1945 June 19, 2011 Instructor: Larry Hays
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MOST SIGNIFICANT EVENTS OF THE 1950'S, 1960'S, 2 Most Significant Events of the 1950's, 1960's, 1970's, 1980's, and 1990's Throughout American History there have been a significant amount of events that occurred between the 1950’s and the 1990’s that have shaped the way Americans live socially, economically, and politically today. This paper will cover some of those events starting with the 1950’s and ending with the 1990’s. After the war these five decades had more major events and powerful effects on our nation and the American people than those decades before. In the 1950’s the biggest event was the struggle for civil rights. The group who seemed to struggle the most was the African Americans. The NAACP was and still is the largest recognized civil rights organization. Their main priority is to ensure political, educational, social, and economic equality for all minority groups and eliminate prejudice. The Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka was a striking win for the NAACP. The courts ruled that separate facilities were unequal. Twenty-one states and the District of Columbia operated segregated schools, but decided they would comply with the new laws and opened up their schools to all even minority groups. This case played a huge role in the Civil Rights Movement and helped to empower many African Americans of this time. Rosa Parks was one of those great Americans. Her courage to stand up for her rights and the rights of others paved the way to the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955 that was led by Martin Luther King, Jr. A young Baptist minister, King was elected president of the Montgomery Improvement Association and directed the boycott. The boycott made Martin Luther King, Jr. a nationally recognized civil rights leader. After the victory with the boycott, King served as president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. In 1963 led a march on Washington for jobs and freedom and this was where he gave his most famous “I have a dream” speech. Another thing that was sparked in the 1950’s was the baby boom, due to the depression people could not afford to have children. Once the depression ended many people
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MOST SIGNIFICANT EVENTS OF THE 1950'S, 1960'S, 3 again began to make up for lost time and began to have many children again. Standards of living began to decrease as birthrates increased. This made it easier for people to take care of their children. Since there was a large increase in in families the demand for housing increased. The
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