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How did the civil rights movements of the 1960s and the 1970s impact American society?

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There are many ways that the civil rights movement affected our modern society. I think many of them have been mentioned, but one that I would like to point out is the idea that people need to stand up to injustice, and if takes members of the non-oppressed group to ally with the oppressed group. The same thing has been happening with gay rights today, although the efforts have not yet been successful, it is a legacy of the 1960s.

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Consider the idea that today's generations of young people were born into a society that barely remembers segregation.  Where the closest they hear of such experiences come from grandparents.  So these two movements affected our society in that they changed the national mindset, albeit slowly and over long periods of time.  While racism is alive and well, and economic segregation a foregone conclusion, the social consciousness of the country has rejected it completely.

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