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A History of Civil Rights In America

1927-1961 (#105)

A major shift in American consciousness concerning the rights of Blacks leads to the greatest civil rights movement the nation has ever seen.
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] Closed Captioning

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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.

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