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In the middle of the twentieth century, oppression and racism were challenged by courage, leadership and a dream. The crusade for freedom promised to unite the nation and threatened to tear it apart. “The Civil Rights Movement” explores the dramatic quest for African-American equality in vivid detail, from post-Civil War Reconstruction through the revolutionary 1960s and the subsequent rise of Black Power.

Chapter Detail

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Chapter 1—Reconstruction to Redemption (08:26)
The Reconstruction Amendments extended to former slaves the blessings of liberty. But, by the end of the 19th century, institutional racism was widespread.
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Chapter 2—The Road to Brown (05:40)
During the early 20th century, the NAACP—led by Charles Hamilton Houston—sought to end segregation through the nation's court systems.
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Chapter 3—Integration (10:37)
In 1954, the Supreme Court outlawed segregation in public schools, setting the stage for a new era of civil rights battles.
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Chapter 4—Bending Toward Justice (05:57)
The Montgomery Bus Boycott ushered in the modern Civil Rights Movement and it's leader, The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Chapter 5—Shock Troops of the Revolution (05:42)
African-American college students spearheaded the sit-in movement of the early 1960s and subsequently formed the influential organization SNCC.
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Chapter 6—Freedom Rides (07:05)
The Freedom Rides of 1961 were a descent into the deep south, by bus, to test compliance with Supreme Court rulings barring segregated interstate traveling.
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Chapter 7—Confrontation 1963 (06:23)
In 1963, the nation was riveted by scenes of police dogs and fire hoses being turned-loosed on young demonstrators in Birmingham, Alabama.
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Chapter 8—March on Washington (007:20)
The March on Washington was one of the signal events of the modern Civil Rights Movement, punctuated by MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech.
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Chapter 9—Mississippi Burning (07:21)
In June 1964, three civil rights workers disappeared in rural Mississippi. The investigation that ensured unveiled the cauldron of racial hatred that infected 1960s Mississippi.
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Chapter 10—Civil Rights to Selma (09:52)
The Selma to Montgomery march was both a high-water mark and the beginning of the end of the modern Civil Rights Movement.
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Chapter 11—Black Power (11:02)
By 1965, the Civil Rights Movement had successfully dismantled the system of Southern segregation, but it had ignored the insidious racism that festered in northern cities.


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