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Title: Civil Rights


1
Civil Rights
  • 1962-64

2
MAIN IDEA
  • Freedom riders exposed Southern resistance to
    federal desegregation rulings. As the nation
    watched the violent reaction of Southerners to
    the freedom riders, public opinion began to
    demand a response. Forced to take action the
    Kennedy administration intervened by using
    federal troops and changing federal law.

3
Freedom Riders
  • Create a strong reaction by Southern officials
  • Receive national and international media
    attention
  • Create pride and activism in the larger community

4
Main idea
  • In 1963 civil rights leaders turned their
    attention to integrating some Southern campuses
    and towns. Birmingham was the most important. As
    the nation watched the police arrested and
    attacked scores of unarmed marches including
    children. Stunned Americans demanded protection.
    The Kennedy administration decided that federal
    protection and a new civil rights bill (1964) was
    necessary to insure constitutional protections
    for blacks.

5
Federal Action
  • President Kennedy forced to uphold federal law
  • Own party
  • Internationally
  • Had to save face in the international community
  • Couldnt compromise with state officials

6
Washington D.C. March
  • Build support for Kennedys civil rights bill
  • Access to public accommodations
  • Federal control over desegregation in schools
  • Demonstrate strength of the movement
  • Put pressure on state governments
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