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One Persons Belief The Story of Rosa Parks and the Civil Rights MovementMy feets is weary but my soul is rested This quote summarizes how Rosa Parks felt after her victory for the advancement of African Americans in society Rosa Parks simple act of protest galvanized Americas civil rights revolution Mrs Parks is best known for her refusal to give up her seat on a bus to a white man in Montgomery AlabamaThe civil rights movement originates back to the Reconstruction Era of 1865 to the 1890s It had its roots in the Constitutional Amendments enacted during this period The Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery the Fourteenth Amendment expanded the guarantees of federally-protected citizenship rights and the Fifteenth Amendment barred voting restrictions based on race Reconstruction radically altered social political and economic relationships of blacks in the South and in the nation Former slaves participated in civic and political life throughout the South and for the first time in the South a system of universal free public education was available The blacks new vision of citizenry competed with the Democratic Partys politics of redemption which promised the restoration of white superiority and home rule for Southern states As Democrats regained control of state governments throughout the South the Ku Klux Klan and other vigilante groups sought to drive blacks from political life through a relentless campaign of fraud and violence A combination of municipal ordinances and local and state laws mandating racial segregation ultimately permeated all spheres of public life The Supreme Court in rulings such as Plessy v Ferguson 1896 upheld the Souths new order which essentially nullified the constitutional amendments enacted during ReconstructionBy the dawn of the new century government and politics had become as one historian observed inaccessible and unaccountable to Americans who happened to be black During the age of Jim Crow black rallies were a part of everyday life While the rudiments of citizenship expired black protest against new laws segregating
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