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Describe the zeitgeist of change in the 1960s regarding Civil Rights.

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The word "zeitgeist" is from the German and means "spirit of the times." It is the feeling people have about their culture or society.

In the United States in the 1960s, this zeitgeist changed regarding civil rights, a term which primarily describes black rights, though in a broader sense it designates all minority rights.

During the 1960s, the zeitgeist towards blacks changed to one of sympathy and support. As the country prospered economically and as it became undisputed leader of the "free" world, a majority of whites began to feel it was time to legally and morally extend to blacks the same rights enjoyed by white Americans. This led to legislation and court decisions that protected black voting rights, and among other things made it illegal to refuse to sell a house to a black. Blacks could no longer legally be segregated from whites. Social change became widespread: blacks could...

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