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In which John Green teaches you about the early days of the Civil Rights movement. By way of providing context for this, John also talks a bit about wider America in the 1950s. The 1950s are a deeply nostalgic period for many Americans, but there is more than a little idealizing going on here. The 1950s were a time of economic expansion, new technologies, and a growing middle class. America was becoming a suburban nation thanks to cookie-cutter housing developments like the Levittowns. While the white working class saw their wages and status improve, the proverbial rising tide wasn’t lifting all proverbial ships. A lot of people were excluded from the prosperity of the 1950s. Segregation in housing and education made for some serious inequality for African Americans. As a result, the Civil Rights movement was born. John will talk about the early careers of Martin Luther King, Thurgood Marshall, Rosa Parks, and even Earl Warren. He’ll teach you about Brown v Board of Education, and the lesser known Mendez vs Westminster, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and all kinds of other stuff.

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Hey teachers and students – Check out CommonLit’s free collection of reading passages and curriculum resources to learn more about the events of this episode. The Civil Rights Movement gained national attention with the murder of Emmett Till in 1955:
That same year, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus, beginning the Montgomery bus boycott:
A young preacher named Martin Luther King Jr. gained national fame rallying support for the Montgomery bus boycott:
The end of segregation also began in the South with the Showdown in Little Rock in 1957:

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  • Ugh, it makes me physically sick…

  • Does anyone know if Crashcourse's done anything about mixed people or chinese immigrates in the older days. Or any good documentaries about them? I'm kinda interested to learn a bit more about ti but can't find any good sources

  • I know this video is a few years old, but I want to point out an error. When saying Orval Faubus' name, John pronounces his last name wrong. It's actually pronounced closer to saw or flaw, rather than what is said in the video. Other than that, great video!

  • Gang, not hang. My smartphone auto-completed against my will.

  • Before the Civil Rights Movement, racism was more or less confined to the nations which enslaved blacks. Now, blacks are hated everywhere in the world. Slavic peoples have been hurling racial slurs at black tourists, and Asians have come out with hate speech, as well. Dr. King would have attributed this to hang violence and such. That's part of it, but King himself was part of the problem, because he mainly fought for "jobs". Pointedly depending on your oppressors for jobs, is merely slavery by another name. Other historically downtrodden peoples have big hopes and dreams, and they despise blacks, for attempting to drag them down with us.

    niggroes are criminals

  • 10:27 ‘Take that, John C. Calhoun!’. 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  • Actually TV existed since the 30s but it was more common in 50s

  • "Race mixing is communism" LMAO

  • Besides racism the 1950s was amazing and I wish I could live back then

  • There is a book called Inhuman Bondage describes the ongoing push for equal rights for black people. They never stopped this push from emancipation to the present. Almost half my schools were built in the early 1950s, the other c1977, and my High School 1926, when the 1876 one burned.

  • What about the murder of Emmett Till and Mack Parker in Mississippi?!!!

  • Thank you very much you help me to be perfect in my assessment

  • One thing that I have never heard is why other races want to separate from Blacks. Very few people of any race choose to live near Blacks nor go to Black schools. Also what you could call bigotry could also be called reputation. Is it skin color or behavior that people are afraid to intermix with? This is never discussed. It is always just assumed that the motive to stay away from Black areas is irrational hatred and bigotry. In my opinion you can avoid a Black neighborhood out of concern for safety with no hate whatsoever. It is from experience that we are guided. I’ve had my own experience, ranging including strong arm robbery and it affects you.

  • The real civil rights movement was the civil war. One million Americans died in the struggle to free 4 million slaves. The civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s was trivial in comparison. Since the problem was mainly in the South, Blacks had the option of moving to a better state. Segregation was bad, but it was really about separation. People still want seperation but do it on their own. This phenomenon happens in every multi-cultural society. Pakistan and India were one massive country but separated into Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. Birds of a feather flock together

  • After watching The Help all I could think if I'll was black I would take my me and my family out of the south

  • Incorrect. The 16th Amendment in no way repealed the apportionment clauses of the Constitution, Article 1 § 2 clause 3 and Article 1 § 4 clause 4. The 16th Amendment is an answer to the Pollock v. Farmer's Loan and Trust Co. decision that regarded rents, dividends, and interests derived from private property the same as the private property itself when they are in fact excisable by nature. The 16th Amendment cleared this misconception up and that is all it did. The Supreme Court has confirmed this on numerous occasions.

    People who pay income taxes on their earnings when they do not have to, do so because of a system of ignorance that has been set up in place in order to deceive you for the purposes of generating for the government revenue it is not entitled to. When you contract with the government via a W-4 or a 1099 you are declaring your earnings as income and are as such liable for the income tax. If these earnings fall in the private sector, devoid of any federal connection or activity of federal privilege, you are not required to pay an income tax on those earnings. That being said, if you declare those private sector earnings as income, the government will gladly accept it. It is up to you to make the distinction and I assure you the IRS will not be there to help you.

  • Is it just me, or is every old picture of an African American person incredibly handsome/beautiful?

  • Civil Rights Are Matters of Justice decided upon by the Supreme Court, not just political issues.

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  • Racism is part of US HISTORY

  • A topic like civil rights certainly brings out the trolls. Thank you, John Green and Crash Course, for providing a valuable educational series. Intercourse the trolls!

    And, since the Scottsboro Boys case was mentioned briefly in this episode, I will here recommend Kander & Ebb’s musical “The Scottsboro Boys,” which is based on the case. The show is not without controversy, but it has helped bring this often forgotten incident to a broader public.

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