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In what ways did the African American civil rights movement influence the protest methods of other groups in American society?

The African American civil rights movement influenced the protest methods of other groups in American society by showing the effectiveness of nonviolence and civil disobedience. The movement against the Vietnam War was particularly influenced by the civil rights movement in staging sit-ins and campaigns against the draft.

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The civil rights movement inspired many protest movements around the world, but especially in the United States. What particularly resonated with these groups were the tactics of nonviolence and civil disobedience that the civil rights movement had endorsed and practiced under the leadership of Martin Luther King.

In its later stages, the civil rights movement intersected with the growing campaign against the war in Vietnam. Campaigners in both causes saw the issue of civil rights as closely linked with the drafting of young African American men to serve in the armed forces. Many civil rights campaigners saw the Vietnam War as a White man’s war—a colonial war—in which Black men should not fight. As Eldridge Cleaver put it, Black Americans were being expected to die for the system in Vietnam while being asked to die by it in poor Black neighborhoods, such as Watts in Los Angeles.

Nevertheless, the campaign against the Vietnam War generally avoided the kind of violent tactics endorsed by...

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