Research Paper Sample on The documentary: America in the 20th Century, The Civil Rights Movement

The documentary: America in the 20th Century, The Civil Rights Movement

  1. How did Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation affect slavery?

The emancipation resulted to a total eradication was a war against slavery in America. It also led to crippling of the Confederacy. The proclamation affected the southern states alone. The proclamation led to the reduction of the demand of slaves for the war. The directive reinforced the change of the global political mood in opposition to intervention

  1. How did Plessey v. Ferguson case affect racial segregation?

The Plessey v. Ferguson case was the last step in eradicating the policies that were achieved during the reconstruction (The documentary America in the 20th Century the Civil Rights Movement. 2009). The case highlighted the segregation, which was between the blacks and the whites. The doctrine of ‘separate but equal’ was further enhanced. The case further led to the fourteenth Amendment of the clause that advocates for equal protection. There was constitutional sanction of the laws, which advocated for the equal facilities but separate for the races.

Did it influence the case of Brown v. Board of education?

The Plessey v. Ferguson resulted to the doctrine of separate but equal. This was adopted after the law declared that all men were equal. However, in reality, some men were better than others were. The case led to separate institutions for the blacks and the whites.

  1. How did the modern Civil Rights Movement commence?

The movement began after the blacks came from the Second World War. They demanded for their rights. There were non-violent protests, which later led to violent protests.

  Which acts were considered part of the Movement that aimed to call of racial equality?

Acts such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Act of 1968 played a major role in the demand for racial equality.

  1. What is the role of Martin Luther King?

Martin Luther was a voice that demanded for the equal rights of all men. He was termed as the voice of the voiceless, the blacks.

 How did he influence the Civil Rights Movement?

Martin Luther demanded for the equal opportunities in all public facilities. He is also seen to have strongly advocated for the doctrine of all men being equal.

What was his main idea?

His main idea was that all men should be equally treated. He is also the voice behind the moral declaration. He strongly advocated for the principles of morals.

  1. What are the victorious legislation acts that called for non-discrimination?

The Acts of 1964 and that of 1968 have played a victorious role in the fight for equality.

b. Examine your understanding of racial discrimination and how the Civil Rights Movement has affected the U.S. Constitution.

From the study of racial discrimination, it is clear that racism resulted from social and economic issues. Enslavement is perceived to be origin of the discourse. Racial discrimination has also affected the U.S Constitution. The constitution has undergone very many amendments such as the 14th and the 18th Amendments, which were done to concur with the societal demands. The constitution has presently been amended to ensure equality of the American all races. It has further included the African Americans and other races which were previously as part of the American society. Through the Civil Rights Movement, the discriminative provisions such as the Jim Crow law that was prominent in the past era constitution has been removed and the element of the Human Rights is further applied to every citizen irrespective of the background. The Civil Rights Movement also played a key role in then interpretation of the law especially by the US Supreme Court including equal right to education across all races and widening of the political space to include the right of organizations to political lobbying. Moreover, the movement has played a key role in the interpretation of the 14th Amendment especially regarding individual’s right to own guns and ammunition.     

Works Cited

The documentary America in the 20th Century the Civil Rights Movement. 2009

The Civil Rights Movement:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlYPMlHl-88