Segregation and the Civil Rights Movement

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Why did civil rights activists decide to focus their desegregation efforts on interstate buses?    

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One of the problems with a system of legal constitutionalism is that the courts have no means to enforce their rulings. In the case of Boynton v. Virginia (1960), the Supreme Court declared segregation on interstate bus and rail travel unconstitutional. Yet despite this, Southern states willfully ignored the Court's ruling and so the Jim Crow laws remained in force.

The civil rights movement fixed upon the issue as a useful means of determining how far the authorities were prepared to go to ensure that Boynton was properly enforced. Interstate travel was an especially important issue on which to focus because it would be more likely to gain nationwide publicity, bringing the civil rights cause to a much bigger audience.

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