Segregation and the Civil Rights Movement

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Why was non-violent action so effective in the civil rights movement?

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The nonviolent protests of the 1950s and the 1960s were very successful for several reasons. For example, the Montgomery Bus Boycott showed that African-Americans were very determined to achieve their goals. They walked, biked, or carpooled for 381 days, regardless of the weather, until they got what they wanted. They took these actions in a peaceful manner, not destroying property or hurting people.

Another reason why the nonviolent method was successful was that it showed the rest of the country who was really being violent. When...

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