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  1. The Civil Rights Movement
    1. Brown vs Board of Education
    2. The anti-communist movement
  2. The Civil Rights Act
    1. Riots
    2. The feminist movement

After World War II, the Nuremburg laws that had segregated Jews from non-Jews were overturned. This progress contrasted heavily with the United States who, compared to the rest of the world, held on to archaic laws enacting the segregation of "colored" and non-colored people. This segregation continued for some time until it ended with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a victory that could not have been accomplished without the Civil Rights Movement.

[...] The Civil Rights Act was eventually passed under his administration, showing his eventual support of the Civil Rights Movement. His successor, President Lyndon Johnson, ended up being much more committed to civil rights. The actions of Democrats Kennedy and Lyndon supporting civil rights ultimately led to the beginning of Southern whites transitioning their support to the Republican Party. The Civil Rights Movement continued to gain momentum. Blacks refused to give up seats on the bus, violated segregation laws with lunch counter sit down strikes, refusal of segregation in public places, and a march on Washington D.C. [...]


[...] Friedan and other feminists organized the National Organization for Women (NOW) in 1966 which sought to assist in gaining equal access opportunities for women in business, politics, and education. NOW became more militant in its methods and helped organized the 1970 ?Women's Strike for Equality? which had over 50,000 demonstrators in New York. NOW continued to fight for equal rights for women, equal pay, job opportunities, education, access to politics, and social issues. Social issues such as reproductive rights became big issues and had some major successes, such as the ruling of Roe v Wade in 1973 which legalized abortion. Despite progress, there were many setbacks. [...]


[...] Wade also gave rise to the anti-abortion movement which is still active to this day. An effort to establish a national child care system was vetoed by President Nixon. There was resistance towards women entering blue collar jobs and the ?glass ceiling? found in corporate America is still in full effect. Even though all the goals of these movements have not been met, magnificent progress has still been made. The U.S. may not be fully equal, but it is a lot better than it was. [...]

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