The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate how an invisible line can be so apparently present in this world. I would like to put in front of people, in black and white, how so many people before us have struggled and sacrificed everything they had, including their lives, for the purpose of equality. The focus has been placed on the line that stood between the African-Americans and white population during the 1950’s and 1960’s, The Civil Rights Movement. I chose this topic because although this movement took place over a half century ago, the tension and after-effects are still felt today. My intended audience is anyone and everyone that is willing to read this paper. Everyone has their own thoughts and opinions regarding reasons why people should be together or separate; however, the issue of blacks and whites has always been a front-runner in this debate. I have gathered my information from two African-American history classes, online sources, history encyclopedias, and books. Thankfully I do not have anyone close to me that was on either side of this fight, but it is still something that has had an effect on the world.
The stories from Cluster Five: Dividing Lines is what inspired me to write this essay. The section that made it apparently clear to me, that this was a topic I wanted to learn more about was the Color Lines section. I tried to imagine what it must have been like to have to fight to just sit on a bus or go into a restaurant and order a soda, but I can’t even imagine such a life. I believe that my essay will either teach or touch everyone in my audience. Hopefully, I will shed a little newfound knowledge for each member of my audience and give them something deeper to think about.
Paula M. Ott
Professor Jenn Sloggie
October 1, 2008
The Civil Rights Movement
Throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s, America went through what is known as “The Civil Rights Movement”; a time in United States…