Even though the United States Constitution had taken on some color, it remained for an additional sixty three years to be a document of exclusion, it was still a document by men, for the exclusive domain of men. The United States constitution remained to be single gender ( for another 55 years it did not inclusively mention women.), in effect women had only de-facto citizenship, they did not constitutionally exist; they did not have the legal right to own property, and only in some local jurisdictions, they were not afforded the right of sufferage, except to participate in local school board elections etc.,. and since this privilege was extended by local authorities, without any federal guarantees, it was often revoked in many places, at the whim and caprice of local authorities. Africans on the other hand were sanctioned by a constitutional amendment to exercise their citizenship right, however, they were parties to intimidation, grandfather clauses, poll taxes and outright recalcitrance, to deny them the right of sufferage. The United States Constitution did not inclusively mention the female gender, or women did not become inclusive into the American body politic until 1920., When the nineteenth amendment was fully ratified. ...Show more
This document maintained its pale existence for more than eighty nine years before white men were finally compelled to become inclusive. Prior to this the inclusion of Africans and women were non-existent. …
However, I was not the only one to be the target of their hatred; on the contrary, the African Americans and South Asians are also looked upon with unabated abhorrence, suspicion and displeasure by an overwhelming majority of the WASP and narrow-minded extremist Arabians.
In the speech given on August 28, 1963 known as “I Have a Dream,” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. inspired the minds of millions to believe in the moral progress of society and the process of social justice primarily as means through which African-Americans could enter into full equality in the country.
There were massive campaigns of civil resistance from the black population in America. At some point in the 1950s and 1960s, nonviolent protests and open acts of civil disobedience initiated disagreements between activists in the civil movement and the American government.
On the other hand, the Fifteenth Amendment granted African American men the right to cast their vote. In spite of having acknowledged equal rights with respect to the United States Constitution, a lot more white people persisted to show prejudice against African Americans across the United States (McDowell 20-40).
Civil Rights Name Course Course instructor Date Civil rights movement accomplished more than just removal of racial barriers; it also refurbished America socially, politically and culturally. The movement started during the Brown v. Board of Education ruling of 1954 up to the time of passage of the Voting Rights Acts in 1965 thus leading to unbelievable changes that most people currently enjoy in America.
They were treated as second class citizens. They could not raise voice for their right as mostly they were kept ignorant and even if they raised a voice, the action would be taken against them. This ensued a social unrest situation. The government reacted on their behalf and created a Congress for Racial Equality in 1942.
Fourteenth Amendment made all Americans equal before the law, yet for the next century Jim Crow laws still prevailed. The government was not ready to enforce these laws. The American white society was not ready to accept the new order. Court battles waged by National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) had proved to be ineffective.
White Americans joined Blacks in the civil rights struggle; southerners as well as northerners disturbed and troubled, Midwesterners and westerners took part, women along with men dissented. Elderly and young Americans were dynamic in the struggle as well; though, middle school to college students came to the struggle much later than the majority.
This document maintained its pale existence for more than eighty nine years before white men were finally compelled to become inclusive. Prior to this the inclusion of Africans and women were non-existent