Young activists hungry for change

The era of the American civil rights movement was characterized by grassroots nonviolent protests and civil disobedience involving students, activists, and a large contingent of participants in African American religious culture. These protests and acts of civil disobedience regularly targeted exemplary forms of racial discrimination. Sit-ins at segregated venues like the Greensboro, North Carolina, sit-ins …

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Old Battles for the soul of the continent

The Civil War and its immediate aftermath brought revolutionary changes to African American legal circumstances, albeit briefly. The 1865 Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution ended slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime. The Fourteenth Amendment (1868) contained a three-pronged remedy for African American civil exclusion. It dismantled the Dred Scott decision …

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