Civil Rights Civil rights in the United States exploded in the 1950’s and 60’s. The Cold War sparked the challenge of racial borders with the rise of African Americans into the middle class. As African Americans continued to expand into the Democratic Party, the whites began to feel threatened and scared that they would lose their identity. African Americans all over began to challenge the law. In 1947, Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in major league baseball, and Henry Truman desegregated the military. In 1954, the desegregation of schools began with the trial Brown vs. Board of Education. Rosa Parks from Montgomery AL, refused to sit in the back of the segregated busses when asked to, and created an organized protest. These few instances were just the beginning of a slow process to get rid of segregation. African Americans continued to challenge schools. In Little Rock nine African American children tried to enroll in school. They were escorted through the mob of angry parents that did not want them in the same school as their
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