Segregation and the Civil Rights Movement

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How did the 1960s change the lives of African Americans?  

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The 1960s was the height of the modern civil rights movement. Much of this movement was focused on ending segregation and the unequal treatment of African Americans. For about a century, much of the southern United States practiced what was known as Jim Crow laws. These laws essentially denied African Americans access to the same facilities and resources as white people. Even though segregation in public schools was struck down by the Supreme Court in 1954, it continued to be practiced in many other areas of public life well into the 1960s. The civil rights movement sought to change this.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 provided a lot of new protections for African Americans, as it officially outlawed...

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