Segregation and the Civil Rights Movement

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To what extent did the American Civil Rights movement influence Australia's Freedom Rides and how are they similar and different?

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The American Civil Rights Movement had a significant impact on the Freedom Rides in Australia. The Freedom Rides in Australia was approximately a two-week event in February 1965 in New South Wales. The goal was to advocate for equal rights for the Aboriginal peoples who faced discrimination in Australia. This was similar to the Freedom Riders in the United States in a few ways. First, it involved a bus ride through towns to highlight the discrimination that existed. It involved college students that were Aboriginal and non-Indigenous who were protesting. Like the Freedom Riders in the United States who advocated for equality for African Americans, the Freedom Rides in Australia eventually led to changes that gave the Aboriginal people equal rights.

One difference between the two movements was that in Australia a referendum was held to change the Australian Constitution that had negative references to the Indigenous people. This referendum also allowed the government to legislate for the...

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