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Civil Rights

It is the dawn of the 1960's. The United States is at a point of tremendous turmoil, a crossroads. The next ten years will test if the U.S. can live up to its one main idea penned by Thomas Jefferson; that all men are created equal. Segregation has recently been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, but African-Americans still face discrimination and prejudice in all parts of the country. Civil Rights leaders, such as Martin Luther King, Jr., are calling for an end to inequality. Sit-ins and freedom marches make headlines daily. Voter registration drives and riots also exemplify the spread of growing unrest. People around the nation are lining up, taking sides. Will the United States dedicate itself to the fulfillment of equality for all or remain buried in the past?


You are entering your Sophomore year of college at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Your campus has become a site for civil rights protest and racial unrest. On your way to class everyday you see posters, protestors, and demonstrations. The documents you will read are those seen at Rutgers University and other colleges throughout the Sixties.


Read the documents and complete the activities under Civil Rights to see if the United States will fulfill its promise of long ago and the different methods of protest used by different organizations and in different places. Start at the World's Fair and continue on from there.