Civil Rights and the 1950s: Crash Course US History #39

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In which John Green teaches you about the early days of the Civil Rights movement. By way of providing context for this, John 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. John will talk about the early careers of Martin Luther King, Thurgood Marshall, Rosa Parks, and even Earl Warren. He’ll teach you about Brown v Board of Education, and the lesser known Mendez vs Westminster, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and all kinds of other stuff.

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  1. lydia the nerd says:

    Cas died before Elvis did….. :(

  2. Issac newton says:

    no Malcom X  love? #CrashCourse

  3. kristijan ahcin says:

    don't wory, fringe is so much better =)

  4. Our schools are still segregated.

  5. Damn why you have to do my dude Thurgood dirty like that ha . Chose the most woozy pic of dude possible lmaoo

  6. Actually the 101st airborne troop only stay for a few months. Then they were removed because faubus agreed with the president to protect the little rock nine. Which he didnt. You gotta read Warriors dont cry by Melba Pattilo Beals to get the full little rock nine story.

  7. Sliding into your dm's like "Hi I'm John Green"

  8. Matt Bastian says:

    Correction: "in the end, the city of Birmingham relented" is not accurate. The city was forced to integrate city buses by court order. This led Thurgood Marshall to state, "All that walking for nothing. They might as well have waited for the Court decision." (qtd in Patterson, Grand Expectations, page 405) While I would argue the boycott had other positive benefits to the civil right movement and black empowerment, the boycott did not force the city to change, the Supreme Court did.
    I truly enjoy these videos, thanks to all who helped make them.

  9. Jenny Liebowitz says:

    why did America believe in equal opportunity if they didn't actually provide it

  10. Jenny Liebowitz says:

    what? americans didn't have indoor plumbing and electricity before the 1950s?

  11. Shakiyah McCoy says:

    I want to know what the reason for black lives matter movement, in the 1950 the had a reason but what is ours.

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