This video teaches you about the early days of the Civil Rights movement. By way of providing context for this, this video also talks a bit about wider America in the 1950s. The 1950s are a deeply nostalgic period for many Americans, but there is more than a little idealizing going on here. The 1950s were a time of economic expansion, new technologies, and a growing middle class. America was becoming a suburban nation thanks to cookie-cutter housing developments like the Levittowns. While the white working class saw their wages and status improve, the proverbial rising tide wasn’t lifting all proverbial ships. A lot of people were excluded from the prosperity of the 1950s. Segregation in housing and education made for some serious inequality for African Americans. As a result, the Civil Rights movement was born. The video will talk about the early careers of Martin Luther King, Thurgood Marshall, Rosa Parks, and even Earl Warren. You will learn about Brown v Board of Education, and the lesser known Mendez vs Westminster, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and all kinds of other stuff.
Video: Civil Rights and the 1950s by Lumen Learning is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.