To what extent did the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s challenge Americans to rethink the meaning of freedom? In what ways did civil rights activists and advocates challenge federal and state governments and American citizens? At the same time, in what ways did the presence of segregationists in government and society expose the limits of the civil rights movement? Include at least SIX primary source documents to support your argument. No sources outside of the assigned class readings may be consulted or cited in this essay.
Civil rights movement was a struggle for social justice in the United States of America in the 1950s and 1960s led by prominent clergymen like Martin Luther king junior, activists like Rosa Parks and civilians like mother Pollard. The civil rights movement had officially seen the end of slavery but did not conclusively bring to an end the glaring discrimination against blacks. To a larger extent, the movement challenged the Americans of African origin to rethink their place in the American society with respect to human rights and freedom of equality. The mainstay of this paper is to discuss the civil rights movement in details focusing more on the reasons for the upsurge and the challenges faced in the course of the struggle.