A History of Civil Rights In America
America's founding fathers create a government to protect the rights of the people, rights derived not from any government but from nature or God.
1774 - Thomas Jefferson Writes A Summary View of the Rights of British America
1776 - America's Declaration of Independence Sets the Stage for Civil Rights
1791 - Bill of Rights Guarantees Civil Rights
1828 - Jacksonian Democracy Creates Universal White Male Suffrage
1833 - William Lloyd Garrison Founds the National Antislavery Society
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Series Description: A comprehensive historical overview detailing the expansion of civil rights to include more people. The series takes the viewer through the development of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the 13th and 14th Amendments, civil rights legislation , court decisions as well as examining fearless civil rights leaders like Rosa Parks, Cesar Chavez, Thurgood Marshall, and Martin Luther King, Jr. From the past to the present, this series takes the viewer through one of the most powerful forces in American History--the promise of equality for all.
America's founding fathers create a government to protect the rights of the people, rights derived not from any government but from nature or God. Chapters: 1774 - Thomas Jefferson Writes A Summary View of the Rights of British America 1776 - America's Declaration of Independence Sets the Stage for Civil Rights 1791 - Bill of Rights Guarantees Civil Rights 1828 - Jacksonian Democracy Creates Universal White Male Suffrage 1833 - William Lloyd Garrison Founds the National Antislavery Society [29 minutes]
Americans launch the drive for universal education to make sure there is an enlightened citizenry that knows its civil rights. At the same time, the country expands the idea of all men are created equal to include Blacks. Chapters: 1837 - Horace Mann Leads the Way for Universal Education 1863 - The Road to Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation 1865 - 13th Amendment Ends Slavery in America 1868 - 14th Amendment Lays the Foundation for Civil Rights for All [26 minutes]
This episode recounts the movements that extended civil rights to Blacks, Chinese-Americans, American Indians, and Jewish Americans. Chapters: 1869 - 15th Amendment Extends the Right to Vote to Black Men 1879 - Standing Bear Becomes a Person 1884 - Joseph and Mary Tape Successfully Challenge San Francisco Public Schools 1886 - Through Yick Wo Supreme Court Establishes Equal Protection for Non Citizens 1909 - W.E.B. Du Bois Founds the NAACP 1916 - Louis Brandeis is the Champion of the Common Man [28 minutes]
Women, American Indians, and Chinese-Americans further solidify their claims to civil rights, and the Supreme Court applies the 14th amendment to the states. Chapters: 1920 - Women Gain the Right to Vote 1924 - Gertrude Simmons Bonnin Begins the Revival of American Indian Rights 1925 - U.S. Supreme Court Begins Extending the Bill of Rights to the States 1926 - You Chung Hong Leads the Fight for Chinese American Civil Rights [27 minutes]
A major shift in American consciousness concerning the rights of Blacks leads to the greatest civil rights movement the nation has ever seen. Chapters: 1935 - Mary McLeod Bethune: American Woman of the 20th Century 1943 - Magnuson Act Repeals the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 1948 - Harry S. Truman Initiates a Sea Change in American Civil Rights 1954 - Brown v. Board of Education 1955 - Rosa Parks is Arrested 1961 - U.S. Supreme Court Extends Fourth Amendment to the States [28 minutes]
The promise of the Declaration of Independence is finally extended to Blacks through four monumental pieces of legislation. At the same time, the Supreme Court strengthens the rights of the accused through its landmark Miranda ruling. Chapters: 1963 - Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" Speech 1964 - Warren Court Strengthens 'Innocent Until Proven Guilty' Through Miranda 1964 - Civil Rights Act Outlaws Discrimination Against Blacks and Women 1964 - 24th Amendment Prohibits Poll Taxes in Federal Elections 1964 - One Man, One Vote 1965 - Voting Rights Act is Passed [27 minutes]
In this the era of the great civil rights leaders, they help usher in a time of great change in the civil rights of all Americans for the betterment of all Americans. Chapters: 1965 - Cesar Chavez Leads the Charge for Hispanic Civil Rights 1967 - Thurgood Marshall is the Champion for Black Rights 1970 - John Echohawk Founds the Native American Rights Fund 1971 - 26th Amendment Gives 18 Year Olds the Right to Vote 1993 - Ruth Bader Ginsburg is Appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court [27 minutes]
Program eight discusses the first great civil rights issues of the 21st century - immigration, due process, and gays in the U.S. military. Chapters: 2007 - Hispanics March for Civil Rights 2008 - Boumediene v Bush Confirms Due Process for Non Citizens 2008 - Barack Obama Wins the Presidency 2010 - 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repealed [29 minutes]