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Civil disobedience

A presentation by lisa langlois, cecilia shifele and camilia gary

Definition:


the refusal to comply with certain laws considered unjust, as a peaceful form of political protest.

thoreau and rawls

1849

1971

done with the aim of bringing about a change in the law or policies of a government.

I. The 1960-70s:

the years that changed america

Important events

- Vietnam War

- Civil Rights Protests
- Cuban Missile Crisis (Cold War)
- Assassinations of JFK and MLK.
- Watergate

=> During this period the US went through profound changes in politics, societal norms and the economy.

Rosa Parks being arrested in 1955, marks the begining of a national movement for civil rights.

Images of Bull Connor's police dogs and water cannons being turned on peaceful marchers.

Sittings that took place in Greensboro, North Carolina

1960

Freedom Rides to intergrate interstate buses

1961

MLK's arrival in Birmingham, Alabama

1963

II. Martin luther king:

the symbol of non-violent resistance

The March On Washington, for Jobs and Freedom 1963

The signature of the Civil Rights Act, 1965

« One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. »

- Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968)

III. How did civil disobedience impact 21st century america

  • Helped created more fair legislations for all.
  • Helped create new social movements.

“Human history begins with man’s act of disobedience which is at the very same time the beginning of his freedom and development of his reason”

- ERICH FROMM

Timeline

the civil rights act

ended segregation and prohibited discrimination based on race

1964

2009

Barack obama's election

1st black president in american history

Black lives matter

campaigns against systemic racism againts black people.

2013

VOTING RIGHTS ACT

1965

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