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  1. Introduction
  2. His arguments: The importance of innovation
  3. Overcoming racial inequality
  4. In 1957, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
  5. Blacks and whites banding together
  6. Conclusion
  7. Works cited

The United States, despite its libertarian ideals and emphasis on equality, has more than once turned its back on its own citizens. Slavery, the most bruising, shameful mark in the history of this democracy, divided the American culture even after the Civil War ended and the slaves were freed. In the nineteenth century and twentieth century black society continually fought for their civil rights, pursuing an equality of opportunity that all citizens should find inalienable and duly granted at birth. Despite this, this pursuit of happiness was not without a long and complex history. From the Atlanta Compromise of Booker T. Washington to the Niagara Movement's eventual creation of the NAACP, the struggle for African American equality has been consistently evolving. Regardless of the differences in philosophical approaches towards achieving equality, the common factor within the civil rights movement has been the stress of unity, and the search for peaceful resolution through legislative and judicial means.

[...] There was a shift from passive aggression to radical violence, and there was great strife within the civil rights movement itself. Notably, "within the black community, the black power ideology came to mean a sense of black control over the community and an effort to instill self-pride" (LeMay p. 283). This was obviously a terrible strike against unity between blacks and whites, and so the term "reverse discrimination," gained usage within white culture. The Black Panthers, finally, organized a party that was political and militant above all else. [...]

[...] Located in Harlem, UNIA became a center for the black struggle for equality. It influenced Black Nationalism and Black Muslims. Much like Tocqueville's analysis years before, Garvey promoted a large scale black migration back to Africa, specifically to the nation of Liberia. As the once Solid Democratic South began to wane in power, particularly following the juxtaposition of the far-politically different Roosevelt administration, the United States Congress began to address major issues focusing on civil rights. In 1957, the U.S. [...]

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