U.S. women and blacks gain greater rightsby Rit Nosotro
Unfair treatment of minorities was commonplace in North America from the 1700's through the 1960's. Discuss the major differences and similarities between women suffrage movements (1860-1960) and Civil Rights movements (1950's-1960's).
Women and blacks have been treated very unfairly throughout the ages. Even
though in songs and poetry women were objects of adoration, in reality they
were treated as second-class citizens and deprived of many basic rights. The
Proverbs 31 woman is does more than just raise the kids and take care of the
house. In the 20th century, women took a stand for their beliefs. Efforts of
suffragists like Susan Anthony and Elizabeth Stanton got women the right to
vote, and it took a courageous act by Rosa
Parks to give momentum to the Civil Rights movement.
Susan Anthony was taken to court because she tried to vote in one of the elections. Susan and Elizabeth were suffragists. They founded the National Women Suffrage Association. This association called for the right of women to vote in national elections. Finally around the year 1920 the Nineteenth Amendment was passed. This amendment, extending the vote to all qualified women in federal and state elections, was a landmark victory for the women suffrage movement, which had worked to achieve the goal for many years.
In 1955, a black woman named Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat in the middle row of a bus to a white man. This raised public conscience about the problem of racism and brought about a change in attitudes. Among other things the civil rights movement led to integration of schools and housing and better relations against the races. This inspired the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Martin Luther King Jr. led the boycott. Forty thousand African Americans a day would refuse to ride the city-owned buses until the bus company would stop segregating the seating. This is known as one of the most successful boycotts. Since the boycott was such a success it made Martin Luther King widely known and demanded Civil Rights for blacks. Both Rosa Parks and Susan Anthony went against the law.
Both of these movements were great achievements. They both won rights for oppressed people. Both, the suffragist and the civil rights movement were inspired by very brave acts. They both had to struggle against the general societies, however, they had support from the opposing side. The movements had heroes and heroines. Women made both of these movements possible. And both sides were very determined to get what they deserved. On the other hand, the movements were in different time periods. Their goals were both distinct. One movement was for the rights of blacks, and the other was for women's rights to vote.
Susan Anthony and Elizabeth Stanton were suffragists who fought for the right to vote. Rosa Parks fought for desegregation and civil rights for the African Americans. All of these women were very courageous. With out them women would not be able to vote and the United States would still be segregated.
These three women are very admirable. They helped bring about great changes in the history of the United States of America.
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