Oxford AASC: Focus On Civil Rights Movement

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Civil Rights Movement

Each month, the editors of the Oxford African American Studies Center provide insights into black history and culture, showing ways in which the past and present interact by offering specially commissioned featured essays, photographic essays, and a selected list of articles that will guide the reader interested in knowing more. This month the feature highlights the Civil Rights Movement.

Featured Essay

Photo Essay

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    The Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s

    The Civil Rights Movement that began in the mid-1950s was a reaction to the decades of racial discrimination against, hatred for, and abuse suffered by African Americans since gaining their freedom during the Civil War. Though the struggle for civil rights had existed since the first African slaves reached American shores more than two hundred years before Emancipation, another hundred years would pass before a concerted national movement rose up to demand the rights guaranteed to all Americans by the Constitution. Combining images with text, Hilary Mac Austin provides a view of the movement from its birth in events such as Emmett Till's lynching in 1955 through the early 1970s—nearly twenty years of political and social activism to secure and enforce the equality of all Americans. It is a battle that continues into the present. View photo essay

Featured Articles

The following articles have been selected to help guide readers who want to learn about the history, significance, and lasting impact of the Civil Rights Movement. (Access to the following articles is available only to subscribers.)

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