Segregation and the Civil Rights Movement

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What caused civil unrest in America in the 1950s and 1960s?

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There were several factors leading to civil unrest in the United States in the 1950s and 1960s. One of these factors was tied to discrimination and segregation in the South. Throughout the South, whites and blacks were not equal. Jim Crow laws segregated the races in most areas of public life. There were separate schools, separate seating sections on buses and trains, and separate drinking fountains, just to name a few examples. These facilities were supposed to be equal but usually weren’t. Blacks were also being denied the right to vote. As a result, black people in the South began to demand equality. There were marches and protests. Many times, these turned violent because of the actions of the white people....

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