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How did the Civil Rights Movement inspire other reform movements by minority groups?

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brithorton20 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted September 19, 2012 at 9:48 PM via web

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How did the Civil Rights Movement inspire other reform movements by minority groups?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 19, 2012 at 9:58 PM (Answer #1)

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The African American Civil Rights Movement inspired other reform movements by minority groups because of its success.

Scholars of social movements tell us that social movements arise when a group of people which has been oppressed to some degree starts to have hope that its lot can be changed.  During the 1950s and 1960s, the Civil Rights Movement succeeded in improving the situation of African Americans.  When other minority groups (Chicanos and Native Americans in particular) saw this success, they started to think that they too might be able to improve their situation.  In this way, the successes of the movement for African American rights inspired other groups to try for more rights as well.

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